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March 29, 2016

NAID 2016 will host more secure destruction service providers than in the association's most recent 5 conferences.  In addition, NAID added more new members last year (129) than in either of the two prior years.

“In and of itself, this would not be of interest,” says NAID CEO Bob Johnson, “since the numbers ebb and flow over the years naturally. But with the well documented consolidation and capacity reductions in the industry over the past years, it is a good sign that the service providers are coalescing to supporting the trade association.”

NAID’s current growth spurt seems based in three trends; long-standing service providers who are joining after many years on the fence, electronics recyclers for whom secure destruction is an increasing concern and service providers from outside North America.

As for the future, NAID President Steve Richards, CSDS of Nashville-based Richards & Richards believes programs and the creation of the Information Disposition textbook and introducing the subject to collegiate data security and information management course work will be a key component of the association’s growing relevance.