NAID to Study Solid State Drive Sanitization

NAID to Study Solid State Drive Sanitization

Association is looking for service providers and software developers to participate in solutions study.

August 27, 2013
SDB Staff

Beginning Sept. 2, 2013, the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), Phoenix, will begin accepting applications from service providers and software developers that wish to be considered for the applied research study on the efficacy of solid state drive (SSD) sanitization solutions. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30. The NAID SSD Research Task Force will then select six applicants to participate in the study.

“The task force has put together a structured methodology for the project,” task force co-chair Angie Singer Keating of Reclamere Inc., Tyrone, Pa., says. “It is designed to test the real-world application of SSD sanitization techniques while rigorously sticking to established research protocols as well as protecting the interests of the participants. The intent of the research is not to validate or approve any proprietary sanitization product or process. The task force will never see the results from any individual participant. Only the participants themselves will see how they stacked up against the aggregated study results.”

As mobile and tablet devices rapidly take over the market, the task force says it wants to ensure secure and proven methods of SSD sanitization are available.

NAID commissioned Dr. Steven Swanson to conduct the research. Swanson has been published among the most referenced studies on SSD sanitization and is considered an expert in the industry, NAID says. The organization says it intends to use the findings to refine its position on SSD sanitization as well as to provide guidance to the NAID Certification Rules Committee, NAID staff and consumers. NAID says it will publish the study’s aggregated findings, giving practical and regulatory context to results.

The SSD Research Participant Application as well as a detailed summary of the research methodology and timeline will be emailed to all active and associate members of NAID the week of Sept. 1, 2013. Non-NAID member companies that wish to be considered for participation should contact NAID CEO Bob Johnson at

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the nonprofit trade association of the secure destruction industry, which currently represents more than 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information through education and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors, including those that are NAID certified.