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Canadian‐based CHEO Research Institute conducted a similar
study in 2007, NAID replicated the study in Australia in 2013, and
Blancco Technology Group released a similar study in 2016, all with
similar results. In each, regulated or competitive information was
discovered on a significant percentage of the hard drives.
The current 2017 NAID secondhand device study examines 250
units, including conventional hard drives as well as solid state
drives. Among other past NAID research are disposal practice
studies conducted in Canada, Spain and the UK, as well as
consumer attitudes research in the US and Europe.
The full results of the current study will be released during the
conference at NAID 2017, along with a number of other unveilings,
including the first edition of the Information Disposition textbook.
Look for a robust write-up with the conclusions of the study in the
ITAD Notables to Present a NAID 2017
“Data protection is emerging as the single most important
consideration when businesses evaluate their potential electronics
recycler,” according to NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “In addition to that,
every paper shredder already owes it to itself to pay attention to
emerging opportunities on the electronic side of things.”
As a result, many of the top minds in the electronics data
destruction world will be among the speakers at NAID 2017. The list
of highly respected professionals includes:
• Jerry Powell, publisher E-Scrap magazine/organizer of the
• John Shegerian, CEO of ERI (formerly Electronics Recyclers
• Willie Cade, founder PC Rebuilders & Recyclers/Organizer of
the Electronic Reuse Conference
• Craig Boswell, founder of HOBI International, one of the
largest mobile phone recyclers in North America
• And more...
In total, there are more than a dozen experts in electronic data
destruction who will add their wisdom and experience to the more
than 25 hours of educational content at the event.
Johnson adds, “Companies already focused on electronics will
benefit by learning more about how regulations and compliance
factor into increased sales. Those service providers that are now
only scratching the surface of the opportunity will learn how
they can benefit and grow. Prospects are great in electronic data
destruction, more than just shredding the occasional hard drives.”
The NAID 2017 Conference and Expo will be held March 22-24 at the
Tropicana Las Vegas Resort.
CSDS Examination at NAID 2017
The Board of Regents, heading up the association’s Certified Secure
Destruction Specialist (CSDS) professional accreditation, is offering
an examination opportunity* in conjunction with the NAID 2017
Conference and Expo. In keeping with tradition, the proctored test
will be held at 8 a.m. PST on the event’s opening day. Conference
registration is not required to take the CSDS examination.
The curriculum for the upcoming exam consists of an online
webinar series running through the various subject matter facets,
including legislation, information security, records management,
risk management and information destruction operations, among
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