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More than 130 individuals have passed CSDS exam

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Nineteen individuals passed the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS) exam, increasing the total to 132. The last exam took place on March 30 at the NAID 2012 Annual Conference. The conference was held March 30 – April 1 in Anaheim, Calif. The following individuals can now display “CSDS” as a professional title with their names:

Chris Annis, CSDS

Todd Barelmann, CSDS

Ashby Boulware, CSDS

Ed Cassidy, CSDS

Joseph Coletta, CSDS

Brandy Dyer, CSDS

Allison Marie Green, CSDS

Greg Hall, CSDS

Denise Hammer, CSDS

Jason Harris, CSDS

Kelly Herneisen, CSDS

Justin Hunkins, CSDS

Gina Lentine, CSDS

Bao Guo Luo, CSDS

Craig Palz, CSDS

W. Bowman Richards, CSDS

Greg Talvola, CSDS

Matthew T. Vollkommer, CSDS

Don Gerard, Jr., CSDS

The exam is 300 questions about data protection legislation, physical security, risk management, operations and records management. To prepare for the exam, NAID provides a CSDS handbook on the NAID website, a 10-session CSDS training webinar series and a sample exam after the webinar series ends. The next series of training webinars will be this fall and announced in the next few months.

“Earning the CSDS accreditation is a major accomplishment,” said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “These individuals are better able to serve their customers and the confidence they gain improves their ability to convey the value of using a qualified data destruction service provider.”

Also, as part of the CSDS requirements, individuals are responsible for their continued education. One way to earn those continuing education requirements is to attend the NAID annual conferences. For more information, contact or visit