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Press release: NAID taps top RIM professional for adviser role

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May 18, 2015

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Members of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) has approved the appointment of John Montaña to serve as an outside adviser on the Certification Rules Committee. 

Montaña is well known among records and information management (RIM) professionals and is active in ARMA International as a frequent contributor to its publications and conferences and a contributing editor to Information Management magazine on legal issues. He was also a member of the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP) Development Committee.

Montaña is currently a principal at Montaña Associates, an independent records and information management consulting firm, specializing in domestic and global record retention schedules and other related information governance issues.

“NAID has a long history of selecting highly regarded information management professionals to serve as advisors on the Certification Rules Committee,” said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “Mr. Montaña is regarded as one of the top records and information attorneys in the world and we are proud to have him affiliated with and supporting our efforts.”

The NAID Certification Rules Committee is responsible for developing the NAID AAA Certification Program specifications, including its robust audit methodology. The committee’s role in establishing the program’s specifications is complimented by the NAID Certification Review Board, which is responsible for maintaining the program’s integrity. 

NAID certification is currently the most successful and widely accepted data destruction certification in world with more than 1,000 locations on five continents holding the operational security accreditation.

According to Montaña, he is looking forward to his new duties with NAID.

“I helped with the development of the NAID Compliance Toolkit a number of years ago,” said Montaña. “I left that project knowing that NAID takes its responsibilities very seriously and I am happy to be a part of such an important endeavor.”


About NAID: NAID is a non-profit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing over 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.

The NAID AAA Certification Program is offered on a voluntary basis to all NAID member companies providing information destruction services. Through the program, NAID members may seek certification for mobile and/or plant-based operations in paper or printed media, micro media, computer hard drive destruction, and/or computer hard drive sanitization. The certification program establishes standards for a secure destruction process, including such areas as operational security, employee hiring and screening, the destruction process, responsible disposal and insurance. NAID certified members are subject to announced and unannounced audits by accredited security professionals to validate regulatory and security compliance.