ERI earns NAID AAA Certification at three facilities

Company's goal is to have all of its locations NAID certified by January 2017.

October 12, 2016
Recycling Today Staff
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), Fresno, California, has announced that it has achieved AAA Certification for data destruction from the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), Phoenix, for its facilities in California, Indiana and Massachusetts. ERI says its goal is to have all of the company’s locations NAID certified by January of next year.

NAID is an international professional organization that sets the industry standards for responsible data destruction. Its certification program was created through the combined efforts of the industry’s leading information security professionals. Its standards and practices are recognized globally.

“We are extremely proud to have received AAA Certification from NAID for three of our operations,” says John S. Shegerian, chairman and CEO of ERI. “Not only has ERI met the strictest standards of environmental and operational excellence, we have now also reconfirmed our ongoing commitment to data destruction, as assessed by the planet’s leading authorities on the subject.”

Shegerian continues, “With current technological innovations, there is very fast turnover when it comes to business and private computers, laptops, cellphones and other consumer electronic devices. Proper destruction of private digital data has become a crucially important issue. NAID certification shows we are at the forefront of that issue.”

Shegerian explains that data security has always been a priority at ERI and the NAID AAA Certification that all ERI locations are presently undergoing, starting with the flagship Fresno location, is the third certification it has achieved and an effective way of demonstrating that longstanding commitment.

“ERI is the largest organization in the ITAD (information technology asset disposition) space to achieve this certification,” says NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “Secure data destruction is a huge and still growing concern today for businesses and consumers and they want to know their private information is completely secure, so ERI is doing something good here, not only for itself, but for all of its customers. All NAID certified data destruction organizations are subject to scheduled and unannounced audits to ensure that the strictest security standards for the destruction process are in place.”

Johnson adds, “By using ERI data destruction services, customers actually meet their legally required due diligence mandates under all current data protection regulations. So, by achieving NAID AAA Certification ERI not only verifies the security of their processes, they actual fulfill their customers’ compliance obligations related to selecting a service provider.”

ERI says it is one of the nation’s leading recyclers of electronic scrap and the world’s largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company. The company says it processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic scrap annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States.