Identity Finder

Last Updated: 07/17/2013

Overview

Identity Finder, a tool provided at no-cost to faculty, staff and students, scans the content of all computer files and alerts the computer user if private information may be easily-accessible (e.g. social security numbers or credit card numbers). This alert allows the user to securely delete or protect this data to avoid others accessing it in the event of a virus or theft.

Identity Finder also reports the network address of your computer and whether any private data was found, to a server maintained and accessible only by the IT Security Office. The IT Security Office aggregates Identity Finder logs to help campus and departmental leadership understand how many systems maintain private data within their area and to ensure that Internet-accessible servers do not store private information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers.

Know What You Are Responsible For

CU-Boulder employees have access to, and are responsible for protecting, a wide variety of sensitive information. Unauthorized exposure of information such as student academic records, medical information, credit card information, and social security numbers can have a harmful effect on people's lives. Therefore, OIT recommends scanning your computer for private data frequently so you can take the proper precautions.

Important: Identity Finder is not 100% effective. There are many file types that store information in a way that Identity Finder cannot interpret and there are limits to the search commands themselves. The tools attempt to strike a good balance between effectiveness and usability.

Features

  • Available for both Windows and Mac. (Linux users should use SENF).
  • In Windows, Identity Finder searches emails contained in Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • In Mac, Identity Finder does not support email searching at this time.

Benefits

  • Aids faculty and staff in adhering to universitywide security policies.
  • Simple, intuitive interface that is easy to use.

Cost

Identity Finder is provided as a common-good to the campus which means there is no direct cost to you or your department.

Who can get it

This service is available to faculty, staff, and students.

ITS provides consulting services for CSRs that wish to utilize the central console for management of clients (scheduling and remote scanning) or assets (reports).