The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), based in Phoenix, is reminding businesses that discarded shredded material is a security risk. The organization’s reminder follows the highly publicized use of shredded private information as confetti in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“We’ve known for decades that shredded materials can be reconstructed,” says NAID CEO Robert Johnson. “Now, however, given the processing power of computers and high-speed scanning equipment, it has been shown that reconstructing even the smallest shreds is a real possibility.”
As a more secure alternative, NAID suggests outsourcing information destruction to a qualified service provider.
“The growth in popularity of outsourcing data destruction is perfectly understandable,” says NAID President Scott Fasken, owner of Colorado Document Security in Grand Junction, Colo. “Using a qualified data destruction service provider is not only more convenient and economical than in-house shredding, it is also more secure.”
Fasken points to the fact that service providers shred in massive volumes, which are mixed with the documents of hundreds of other customers and ultimately recycled after the destruction process.
NAID is a nonprofit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing more than 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.