Question: What will be the name of the new parent
Answer: The umbrella, non-profit organization that
will support the continued work of the NAID and PRISM
International banners will be called i-SIGMA, which stands
for the International Secure Information Governance and
Question: How will the new organization promote two
different brands so that NAID is still clearly represented?
Answer: NAID, NAID AAA Certification, and CSDS
accreditation have been and will continue to be meaningful
entities in secure data destruction and the business world.
The bylaws of the new association were set-up to ensure this.
They require that NAID and PRISM International continue to
be distinctly represented for a minimum of seven ( 7) years
after the merger. This will be accomplished through distinct
operating divisions, wherein each will have their own Division
Charter. Similar to NAID, PRISM International and Privacy+ will
also continue on as distinct brands that focus on the storage,
conversion, retention, and management of hard copy or digital
information and data.
Question: Will there be a new logo? Are the NAID Logos
Answer: Because NAID and PRISM International will
maintain their brand identities the logos members use will
not change as a result of the merger; NAID members will
continue to display the same appropriate NAID member logo.
NAID AAA Certification (though recently modified) will also be
unaffected. The same can be said of the PRISM International
logo and their Privacy+ certification logo. An i-SIGMA logo will
not be used by members at any juncture.
Question: How much will the proposed merger cost to
facilitate and integrate?
Answer: PRISM & NAID have shared the costs of an outside
consultant to support the merger process. Both associations
have engaged the use of legal counsel and other support
professionals for specific functions related to the merger
process. The actual integration, once ratified, will involve a
very specific set of costs that include the fees for the legal
and financial transaction, any final support from consultants
or third-party experts, the transition of existing contractual
obligations, the termination costs to exit the existing PRISM
association management company contract, and the planned
addition of staff to support the merger.
The projected P&L shows both associations in the black and
able to complete division-specific support initiatives with
greater financial focus.
Question: What will membership dues look like?
Answer: The NAID membership and PRISM International
memberships will continue separately after the merger with
separate membership dues for each division of the joint
NAID members have already been billed for their 2018 dues.
As always, NAID AAA Certification fees are separate.
PRISM International members should continue to pay
membership dues invoices they may receive for 2018.
Privacy+ fees will be paid as invoiced.
For 2019, members will receive one invoice for the dues for
their appropriate member division. There will be a discount for
those who opt to be a member of both divisions.
Question: Why would any company want to be a member
of both NAID and PRISM International after the merger?
Answer: NAID and PRISM International will maintain their
brand identities after the merger, and the member-benefits of
the respective divisions will be limited to the companies who
belong to each. Because the PRISM Int’l division deals with the
broader world of records and information management (RIM),
technically speaking, all NAID members are already a part
of the community. Therefore, members of the NAID division
may also benefit from access to the PRISM marketing tools,
including marketing materials and displaying the logo the
PRISM logo on their website. Additionally, because there is a
substantial discount for joining both divisions, NAID members
choosing do so, would receive the PRISM Int’l benefits for less
than 50% of the cost of belonging to both associations prior
to the merger.
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