It does mean, however, that this is the last
edition of the NAIDnews, which dates to
1994 when it was first published as eight
sheets of copy paper bound with a single
staple. Over the past 25 years, it has both
shepherded and chronicled the growth of
secure data destruction business around the
I hope the historical significance of this is
not lost on readers, whether they remember
those first editions, or this is the first copy
they are reading. I am proud and humbled to
be a part of it.
Of course, this is not the only change. The
synergies we expected to see with the
merger are already in sight. As exciting as
this last year has been, I predict it will pale
when compared to what is in store. The
GDPR in Europe has sparked regulatory
change around the world, including the US.
The opportunity for those prepared to meet
it has never been better.
Thank you for letting me be a part of it. I
can’t wait to see you in Denver this April.
Angie Singer Keating
PRESIDENT’S M e s s a g e
Angie Singer Keating
The twenty-five-year history of NAID has
been one of continuous evolution and
change. Whether it was creating a new
industry contract, developing appropriate
professional liability insurance, or modifying
certification in response to regulatory
developments and technology, no one ever
accused the organization of resting on its
Of course, there is no better example of the
association’s ability to respond than the year
we are now about to close.
The merger with PRISM International to
create i-SIGMA, the recognition of NAID AAA
Certification by the Australian government,
adding solid state device erasure to the list
of media eligible for certified destruction,
the recent announcement that e-Stewards is
requiring NAID AAA Certification, and held
just last month, the first-ever NAID-Japan
Conference in Tokyo, are each a testimony
to the association’s ability to respond.
But change also means moving on. In 2019,
NAID and PRISM International will combine
their separate quarterly magazines into
one. It will retain the same professional
look and great content covering timely
issues, but it will be expanded beyond data
destruction subjects to include material on
an array of secure records and information
management topics. This is a good thing.
As data protection professionals, NAID
members should expand their knowledge
base. I trust this knowledge will also help
develop their businesses.