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If Certification is in Your Plans, Now is the Time!

First of all, it is important to remember that i-SIGMA is a non-profit trade association with a mission to improve market conditions for all its members, and the same was true of NAID and PRISM International before the merger. In its role as a member-owned organization, i-SIGMA provides a robust repertoire of member benefits, including […]

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The Struggle to Hire & Retain Good Employees

Gone—for now anyway—are the days when finding and retaining good employees could be taken for granted. The recent i-SIGMA member survey, along with many conversations with members on what to do about it, has shown the competition for capable, hard-working, and presentable service personnel in records management and secure data destruction is increasing difficult…and in some cases, […]

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The i-SIGMA Compliance Monitoring Service Has Arrived

The eagerly awaited i-SIGMA Compliance Monitoring Service has arrived. Starting immediately, many service providers will use it, and soon clients around the world will begin seeing promotions encouraging them to use it too. And, if the underlying assumptions behind its creation are correct, they will eventually come to rely on it as a vital demonstration […]

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What is the Correct Particle Size for Your Destroyed Media?

It is understandable that most organizations today want to do the right thing when destroying discarded media on which is recorded personal and competitive information. And, in this regard, it is also understandable that their initial focus is determining the appropriate particle size for the media they wish to destroy. Unfortunately, when searching for such […]

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Untapped Opportunity & Value-Added Service: Residential Shred Bags

Guest Article By: Joshua D. Hundeby-DeVries, CSDS Editor’s Note: In light of current market dynamics, where many clients now find their employees working from home, it seems appropriate to revisit the topic of Residential Shred Bags. A service provider who was already effectively leveraging them in their business model originally wrote this article in 2018. […]

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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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