Question: What are the specific benefits of the merger
to NAID Members? And how will this benefit a non-paper
shredding company (i.e. hard drive and magnetic tape
Answer: Secure information management (including
storage, management, imaging, sanitization, and/or
destruction) applies equally to all media formats. And
the benefits of the merger will apply equally to members
destroying any of those formats.
NAID members will save money and make more money as a
result of the merger.
Save Money: Because the merger will combine the
administrative functions into one back office it will be
more economically efficient. As a result, there will be less
pressure on future dues increases. Also, a more efficient back
office means that a greater percentage of revenue goes to
promoting members and the industry.
Make More Money: The greater combined resources of the
merged association means the organization can focus on
their common mission, which is to promote secure and
sound information management. When the association has a
greater ability to promote proper information management
throughout its life cycle, it better helps create an environment
where all members can prosper. This includes providing more
resources to members.
Question: How will Membership work? Do we become
members of both NAID and PRISM International?
Answer: NAID and PRISM International have been around
for years and have a lot of industry equity. They are not
going away but will continue to operate as divisions of the
newly merged parent association, i-SIGMA. Members of the
association will have the option to join under one or both
divisions, depending on their business offerings. A member-company could then display the logo(s) of the appropriate
division(s) of which they are affiliated; it could be NAID, PRISM
International, or both.
Each division will have exclusive benefits, for instance, the use
of the logos. The respective certifications are only accessible
to the participants of the respective division. Resources
developed specifically for divisional applications, whether
already in existence or developed in the future, will also
often be available only to the participants of the respective
Question: Going forward will members have to pay for
each association or just one? Will this affect any of our fees
and costs to be just a member of NAID?
Answer: In paying annual dues, members will indicate
which division they wish to be affiliated with - NAID, PRISM
International, or both. If a member-company chooses to
support only one division, they will pay the dues associated
with that division’s membership. The current dues with NAID
are not changing. If a company chooses to be a member
of both divisions, it will cost them more than it would as a
member of a single division, but less than they pay currently
to belong to both separate associations.
Question: For those not familiar with PRISM International,
please provide background information on exactly what
Answer: PRISM International (Professional Records and
Information Service Management) was formed in the mid-
1990s through a merger of two associations: the Association
of Commercial Records Centers (ACRC) which was founded
in 1980; and the National Association of Secured Data Vaults
(NASDV) which was founded in 1981. PRISM International
provides a wide range of services and education related to
these two original service areas, physical record storage and
management and data protection services, it has evolved to
also include imaging and conversion services.
Throughout the years, PRISM & NAID have always had
overlapping members and as a result, have worked together
on regulatory issues, as well as occasionally hosting combined
conferences. Both associations have promoted sound and
secure information management practices by businesses and
Question: How will the merger impact the separate
certifications? Will this change the NAID AAA Certification
audit process? Will the CSDS accreditation still be
recognized by the merged group (or replaced)?
Answer: All NAID certifications and accreditations will
continue. There is no plan to change anything about the tools
and services offered by NAID as a result of the merger.
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