Number of CSDS Professionals Increases

Seventeen individuals earn professional designation following most recent test.

  • January 31, 2013
  • SDB Staff

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), Phoenix, has announced that 17 of the 19 people who took the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS) exam passed, with 11 scoring 95 percent or better.

The following individuals can now display “CSDS” as a professional designation with their names:

  • Thomas G. Adams;
  • Therrysa M. Armstrong;
  • Claire G. Christison;
  • David Culbertson;
  • Shane DeFendi;
  • Daniel Robert Grabowski;
  • Nicholas Graham;
  • Jody MacDonald;
  • Kristen Marshall;
  • Rich Mueller;
  • Randy Murphy;
  • Shafiq Nasser;
  • Kevin Perry;
  • Steve Rando;
  • Christa Sime;
  • Eric Wartel; and
  • David G. Woodsum.

“These industry professionals should be very proud,” says NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “Passing the exam establishes that individual has a working understanding of a wide range of industry issues that requires a lot of studying.”

According to NAID, the CSDS exam consists of 300 questions about data protection legislation, physical security, risk management, operations and records management. It establishes an individual’s competency in seven subject areas.

To prepare for the exam, NAID provides a CSDS handbook on the NAID website, a CSDS training webinar series and a sample exam after the webinar series concludes.

These 17 individuals can be added to the 30 that passed the exam in 2012, bringing the total number of CSDS accredited professionals to 149. A complete list of those who currently hold the accreditation can be found at

The final opportunity to take the exam before November 2013 will be at the NAID 2013 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., March 22. As part of the CSDS requirements, individuals are responsible for their continued education, so NAID is offering continuing education credits for those that attend the Nashville conference. For more information about continuing education credits, contact

NAID is a nonprofit trade association representing 1,900 member locations providing secure destruction services. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.