Doug Bedell — March 2, 2018, 12:30 pm

Scanning for Personal Security Data on Computers

Stay a few steps ahead of data security disrupters/thieves by using a data scanner like PIIscan (personally identifiable information) is advice to be found on the Security Metrics blog.

It’s troubling that we need to keep suggesting computer security mechanisms, but that’s the nature of today’s sometimes intrusive digital world.

“Personally Identifiable Information (PII),” says Security Metrics, “is data kept by an organization which can be used to ‘distinguish or trace an individual’s identity,’ according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). For example, PII could include names, birth dates, birth places, mothers’ maiden names, or social security numbers. ‘Linked PII’ is any information that is linkable to an individual, like educational, medical, employment, or financial information.

“Storing these types of (unencrypted) information on your systems and devices can leave your organization open to fines and make you more vulnerable to data theft.

“Organizations can manually search for PII on their systems and devices, but doing so is time-consuming, tedious, and expensive in terms of working hours.” So consider using PIIscan to scan what’s on your machines.

That’s today’s digital reality. Pay heed to it.

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