When you make the investment to become an i-SIGMA® Member, you gain access to resources and tools, which assist your business within the information management governance industry. As a member, you’re also supporting the success of our industry as a whole, as i-SIGMA® advocates for better business practices and legal parameters.
Here are some of the many advantages i-SIGMA® Service Provider Members receive:
• IG Journal
The quarterly industry and member journal
• Buyer’s Guide
A handy directory of industry product and service suppliers
• iG Direct
The twice monthly e-newsletter to keep members up-to-date
• Industry Blogs
Regular articles and resources for thought-leadership between journal editions
The annual conference and expo attracts the largest concentration of secure data destruction professionals worldwide and is one of the largest secure information management shows as well. It has proven to be an invaluable networking and educational opportunity for professionals who want to learn from experts, exchange ideas, and see new products and the latest industry technology.
i-SIGMA® hosts events throughout the world on any given year, often with content focused for one division or the other. The content for each regional event is specific to those who would attend, be that in Europe, Australasia, or elsewhere, sharing applicable best practices for their specific industry segment, target audience, and applicable changing laws.
When a new program is launched or legislation is amended, each division provides webinars to keep members informed. Some are also housed in the Members Only portal for future reference.
Those new and old to the secure data destruction industry find this two-day workshop, covering industry information, data protection legislation, and sales and marketing tips, invaluable for growing their business.
As a member benefit, i-SIGMA® reaches out to legal, accounting, and other consulting resources to resolve i-SIGMA™ Member questions and concerns about industry services. i-SIGMA® provides this service at no cost to members.
i-SIGMA® brings industry professionals together via face-to-face events, like the annual conference which hosts approximately a thousand attendees, and online through industry related discussions on our LinkedIn Group and in our members-only Facebook group, where individuals can get to know the lighter side of their colleagues.
The website and Members Portal are chalked full of helpful information, especially in the newsroom, which is regularly updated, and the i-SIGMA™ Market, which lists industry product and service suppliers at your fingertips.
i-SIGMA® seeks out the best qualified legal authorities to create sample contracts and agreements aligned with current data protection regulations. These vary by division and are provided to eligible members at no cost. Examples include:
i-SIGMA Service Provider Members have access to value-added tools and training that are regulatory requirements for their customers, making them an integral partner in their clients’ overall compliance strategy.
i-SIGMA Members have access to the most prominent, industry recognized third party security certification for data descruction. NAID AAA Certification is now required by thousands of organizations around the world, including government agencies and health care and financial companies, and its security components are selling points to win new business.
PRISM International Members have access to Privacy+, the prestigious international certification program that allows records and information management companies to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring the privacy of information.
i-SIGMA offers the only professional accreditation for individuals in the secure destruction industry in the world. By earning the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist® (CSDS®) accreditation, industry professionals not only gain critical knowledge, they also improve sales and earn the respect of customers.
Downstream Data® Coverage
NAID AAA Certified Members have access to Downstream Data Coverage, the only i-SIGMA™- endorsed professional liability insurance product that provides complete and meaningful coverage to cover all risks and liabilities in the secure destruction industry.
Training programs have been designed for members and their employees to promote best practices and protect customers. Educate your team on data protection responsibilities and acceptable operational security practices.
All Active/Company Members are listed in the i-SIGMA® Services Locator. The site sees thousands of web visitors monthly, many of whom are seeking a local service provider for their RIM and secure destruction needs and finds one there.
All Vendor Members supplying products and services to active members within the industry are listed in the i-SIGMA® market by category and region. This is a great resource for Active members to find business solutions at their fingertips.
NAID AAA Certified Members may leverage code to display their credentials on their site so that visitors are always up-to-date on their certification status. This will be offered to Privacy+ Certified Members in the near future.
Active/Company Members of each division can proudly display the appropriate membership logo(s) and Vendor Members, as a member of both divisions, may display both. Certified members may boast their certificate credentials.
i-SIGMA has made it easy for members to reach their customers, by creating informational and sales tools to leverage, including content that can be reused, brochures and flyers available for download, and videos that can be shared. These sales tools educate customers, increase business, and enhance the professional image of member companies.
The i-SIGMA® divisions have active relationships with buying group associations (i.e. our members’ customers) and do public relations to keep prospective clients and the public educated on the need for secure RIM and data destruction as well as informed on the latest in news and regulations.
i-SIGMA® provides members with the opportunity to serve on committees, task forces, and the Board of Directors, which helps to shape the direction of the association as well as the secure information governance industry.
The i-SIGMA® Code of Ethics & Complaint Resolution Council establishes a system for members to hold each other accountable. i-SIGMA™ will take action against any industry company engaging in harmful activities or producing materials with false information.
i-SIGMA® forges relationships with government agencies and leaders to ensure they protect the role of secure information management service providers.
i-SIGMA has a successful history of working directly with the Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Financial Services Committee, Canadian House of Commons, Canadian Privacy Commissioner, and the British Standards Institution. i-SIGMA™ continues to foster these relationships.
On behalf of its members the association has responded to the FTC on the FACTA Final Disposal Rule, testified before the Canadian House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics’ PIPEDA Review hearings, directly leading to the data breach notification law implemented November 1, 2018. It also arranged with the Australian Government that now through a special endorsement NAID AAA Certified destruction services in Australia may destroy Official Government (classified) information.
On behalf of its members PRISM International recently…
i-SIGMA® routinely conducts research to advance the interests of the industry and raise awareness among consumers and policymakers.
The association has also conducted the largest second-hand device electronic data research project in the world to date. Results from such studies have earned the association increased attention and credibility and serves to enhance awareness.