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Joe Harford, CSDS, Appointed Chair of CSDS Board of Regents

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August 11, 2016 

The NAID Board of Directors approved the appointment of Reclamere, Inc. President & Co-founder Joe Harford as chair of its Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS) Board of Regents.  The committee is responsible for the ongoing development and promotion of the CSDS credential which is a new certification being sought by secure destruction professionals and IT Asset Disposal service providers.  Harford replaces former chair Brock Miller, CSDS, of AccuShred NW in Gresham, OR, who resigned as chair once elected to the NAID Board but remains on CSDS Board of Regents.

NAID leadership and Harford believe this certification will go far towards elevating professionalism and confidence in the industry. “In today’s digital world, information destruction has evolved light years beyond paper shredding,” said Harford. “The stakes for guaranteed secure destruction of data are higher than ever, especially in tightly regulated sectors like healthcare and finance. By providing this opportunity for certification, NAID will help its members become better equipped to help their customers as trusted advisors in the data destruction process.”

NAID CEO Bob Johnson said, “We are happy to have Joe Harford leading the charge as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our ever expanding industry with innovative educational programs and certifications that are designed to safeguard the organizations our members work with and the environment. He comes to this position uniquely qualified as someone with a Masters Degree in Workforce Education who is also currently working on his PhD in Entrepreneurial Studies. Harford’s lifelong commitment to professional development and history in education make him an ideal candidate to lead this initiative.”

This year the CSDS committee will also be assisting with the creation of the first ever Information Disposition textbook to be used in higher education.