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Legal Marijuana Raises Drug Screening Questions and Risks

(This blog is provided for perspective only and not to be taken as legal advice) As I often remind service providers, though i-SIGMA certifications (NAID AAA/PRISM Privacy+) require drug screening prior to hiring, and either ongoing drug screening or training to recognize substance abuse, the certifications themselves do not prescribe how service providers respond to […]

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Issues and Emerging Trends in Employee Background Screening

Author’s Note: In writing this, I am acutely aware that many i-SIGMA members find themselves at this time having trouble finding good employees. Despite that fact, or maybe because of it, rehashing the basis and issues related to background screening is important. Oh yeah, and I am not a lawyer or CRA and this is […]

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Regulatory Changes Have the Potential to Enhance Client Engagement and Service Provider Profits

To keep i-SIGMA certifications (NAID AAA and PRISM Privacy+) relevant, they must reflect and validate service providers’ regulatory requirements. As I have often written, that is one of our biggest challenges, and it is the key to NAID AAA Certification and PRISM Privacy+ Certification maintaining their growing preeminence with clients internationally. For more than a […]

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How Does NAID AAA Certification Intersect With NIST 800-88? (Part 2)

This is the second blog of a two-part series. The first installment provided a perspective on the relative differences in NAID AAA Certification and NIST 800-88 and its overlap with physical media destruction requirements. This installment, addresses the implications of the same on electronic media erasure. Though reading Part 1 of this series is not […]

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How Does NAID AAA Certification Intersect With NIST 800-88? (Part 1)

This blog will be presented in two-parts. In this first installment, I will provide a perspective on the relative differences in NAID AAA Certification and NIST 800-88 and its overlap with physical media destruction requirements. In the next installment, I will do the same on the implications for electronic media erasure. I assume most readers […]

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What to do When Clients Misapply Specifications

It’s happened to many data destruction service providers and to those it hasn’t happened yet, it will at some point. It looks like this: You have been destroying media for a client for many years, when they ask whether you comply to a certain specification or standard. (Usually someone else in the firm is bringing […]

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See Something, Say Something

Most readers will immediately associate the title of this blog with the U.S. Homeland Security campaign to enlist the public in their efforts to expose potential risks. The logic, of course, is obvious; people who are out and about in their local communities and neighborhoods are the most likely to recognize bad actors and bad […]

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A Great Time to Improve

For all the bad things about the pandemic shutdown, one thing is certain; it has forced you to reduce your operations down to the basics. You had no choice but to become as streamlined and efficient as possible. Regardless if you want a life-style business that goes on for decades, or you are creating a […]

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Market Recovery: Why Vertical Marketing Segments May Not Matter

I was recently asked if there was any information on how certain categories of business… say financial … might be generating more business for i-SIGMA members than another during the shutdown. The answer was no, since the questioner was really interested in knowing if there were surveys or studies on the matter. On the other […]

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Preventing Data Breaches & Vendor Selection Due Diligence

As many are now aware, Morgan Stanley recently issued a data breach notification, after learning that IT assets disposed of four years ago may not have been properly wiped clean by the vendor they hired to do so at that time. But how did Morgan Stanley end up in this position in the first place? […]

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