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Privacy and data security are not the same things

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO When I address an audience of privacy professionals, especially an international audience, I often point to the fact that the U.S. has the strongest data protection regulations in the world. In such occasions, I get two reactions: confusion, as if they are struggling to understand how I could possibly be […]

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HITECH will ignite great opportunities in the secure destruction industry

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO One of the country’s most prominent and respected privacy experts, attorney Kirk Narha, reported the HITECH Final Rule may be released soon, possibly by the end of this month. As many of you know, it was originally supposed to be released last summer and has been postponed several times since […]

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Delayed HIPAA/HITECH Final Rules promise big changes

By Tom Dumez, President of Prime Compliance The “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was initially published in July 2010. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the much delayed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Final Rules that […]

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Industry pros take CSDS exam to better serve customers

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO In Boston this morning, a group of secure destruction professionals took the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS) Examination. It was the second such exam held this year and will be followed by several other regional exams over the next couple of months. I have the utmost respect for these industry […]

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How NAID Certification relates to PCI compliance

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO In 2006, the five largest credit card companies formed the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council as a self-policing data security initiative designed to quell calls for government intervention prompted by the increasing number of large data breaches and identity theft. To that end, PCI quickly produced its Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) to […]

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The real value of NAID Certification

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO From any perspective, the NAID AAA Certification Program has been an amazing success. The program will soon certify its 1,000th member location. Also, hundreds of state and federal government agencies recognize it, including a growing number outside the U.S., and tens of thousands of private organizations now require it of their […]

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Common misconceptions about HIPAA and data destruction

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO In my blog next Tuesday, I will continue my pricing thread about why secure destruction professionals aren’t willing to do what’s necessary to get out of the commodity rat race. But, today, I am going to mix it up by shedding light on a few Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act […]

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Data protection laws require due diligence

By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO It is illegal to select a data destruction service provider on price alone. So what qualifications should you use to select a vendor? In my last blog post, I wrote about the principle of “reasonableness.” I want to continue that theme in today’s posting, specifically looking at data-related vendor selection. […]

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