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Board of directors approves new certification auditor qualifications

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The NAID Board of Directors has approved the creation of a new category of auditor specifically for conducting the electronic media audits. Effective April 1, 2012, NAID Certification auditors inspecting and evaluating electronic media sanitization operations will be required to have both the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) accreditations. The CISSP is issued by International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium and the CISA is issued by the ISACA.

According to NAID Certification Chair Angie Singer Keating, “As NAID continues to grow its electronic information destruction certification, it is important that we align the accreditations and qualifications of the auditors.

Historically, NAID has required its certification auditors to be Certified Protection Professionals (CPP), which is the highest general security accreditation issued by ASIS International.

“Auditors with accreditations that emphasize physical security is critical when evaluating hard copy destruction,” said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “While there are certainly physical security elements to the electronic information destruction process, we felt that individuals holding both accreditations would have the necessary security sensitivity while also understanding the IT-related issues.”

Johnson said NAID would also seek out professionals within these disciplines to sit on NAID’s certification rules and review boards.

Johnson added, “The recognition and use of these accreditations will also expand awareness of the NAID Certification Program within the ranks of organizations. This will undoubtedly add to the ever-growing acceptance of the program around the world.”