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February 2012

Nine additional destruction professionals attain CSDS accreditation.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), Phoenix, has announced nine additional individuals can now display the "CSDS" designation after their names.

NAID recently held Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS) exams in Chicago and Denver, where individuals answered more than 300 questions about data protection legislation, physical security, risk management, operations and records management.

The following individuals passed the exam and can now display their CSDS credentials:

  • Jason Teliszczak, JT Environmental Consulting;
  • Mary Aldrich, MinnKota Secured Document Destruction;
  • Penny Holden, eLoop LLC;
  • Valerie Lombardo, Cintas Document Management;
  • Chris Seman, Cintas Document Management;
  • Luke Harris, Highland Recycling and Storage;
  • Thomas A. Schreyer, Affordable Shred;
  • Gail White, Colorado Document Security; and
  • Crystal Sampson, Total Destruction LLC.

The CSDS accreditation exam establishes an individual's competency in seven subject areas, according to NAID. To prepare for the exam, NAID provides a CSDS handbook on the NAID website, a 10-session CSDS training webinar series and a sample exam at the conclusion of the webinar series. The next series of training webinars is Feb. 14 through March 15.

NAID will offer a CSDS exam March 30 in conjunction with its 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., which concludes April 1. CSDS designees are responsible for their continued education. As such, NAID says it is offering continuing education credits to those attending the conference.

NAID is a nonprofit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing more than 1,800 member locations globally. The association's mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.