NAID Opens SSD Research Study to Applicants through September

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NAID will begin accepting applications on Sept. 2 from service providers and software developers that wish to be considered for the applied research study on the efficacy of solid state drive (SSD) sanitization solutions.

It is designed to test the real-world application of SSD sanitization techniques, while rigorously sticking to established research protocols as well as protecting the interests of the participants. - Angie Singer Keating

NAID will begin accepting applications on Sept. 2 from service providers and software developers that wish to be considered for the applied research study on the efficacy of solid state drive (SSD) sanitization solutions. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, after which six applicants will be selected by the NAID SSD Research Task Force.

“The task force has put together a structured methodology for the project,” said task force co-chair Angie Singer Keating of Reclamere, Inc. “It is designed to test the real-world application of SSD sanitization techniques, while rigorously sticking to established research protocols as well as protecting the interests of the participants. The intent of the research is not to validate or approve any proprietary sanitization product or process. The task force will never see the results from any individual participant. Only the participants themselves will see how they stacked up against the aggregated study results.”

As mobile and tablet devices rapidly take over the market, the task force wants to make sure there are secure and proven methods of SSD sanitization. Therefore, NAID commissioned Dr. Steven Swanson to conduct the research. Dr. Swanson has been published among the most referenced studies on SSD sanitization and is considered an expert in the industry. NAID intends use the findings to refine its position on SSD sanitization as well as provide guidance to the NAID Certification Rules Committee, NAID staff, and consumers. The association will publish the study’s aggregated findings, giving practical and regulatory context to results.

The SSD Research Participant Application as well as a detailed summary of the research methodology and timeline will be emailed to all NAID active and associate members sanitization software developers the week of Sept. 1. Non-NAID member companies wishing to be considered for participation should contact NAID CEO Bob Johnson at rjohnson@naidonline.org.

About NAID: The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the non-profit trade association of the secure destruction industry, which currently represents more than 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information through education and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors, including those that are NAID certified.

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