Data Discovery (Identity Finder) - Service Description

The Office of Campus Information Security (OCIS) has licensed a third-party application called Identity Finder for use in locating insecurely stored sensitive information as part of its Data Discovery service to campus.


Identity Finder is a utility that can be installed on a desktop to help locate personal identifying information (e.g. Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, etc) in files, emails, network drives, databases, etc. so that it can be securely redacted, deleted, encrypted, or moved to a protected area.

A centralized console (run by OCIS) is available to collect results of scans and report to the Office of the CIO. The console will show which machines have been scanned and the results of the scan (e.g. the number of possible Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, etc. that were found).

Identity Finder is primarily intended for departments whose faculty and staff handle other people's personal or sensitive data, but will also be available to all interested faculty, staff, and students.

Support Conditions

Users of Identity Finder who are having trouble with the application may contact the DoIT Help Desk for assistance. The DoIT Help Desk will gather information regarding the problem and forward the problem to technologists.


OCIS has licensed Identity Finder Enterprise Edition for faculty and staff. A free version of Identity Finder is also available to students. Identity Finder is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

Identity Finder is installed locally and is not dependent on any external servers. Thus it is available at all times.

Keywords:Identity Finder OCIS PII SSN CCN DOB passwords auditing sensitive secure personally identifiable identifying information   Doc ID:12105
Owner:Help Desk KB Team .Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2009-09-03 19:00 CDTUpdated:2020-08-13 18:19 CDT
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