About Identity Finder
Utah State University is pleased to announce it has acquired an Enterprise site license for Identity Finder software, which can help prevent identity theft. This acquisition was a Statewide initiative where all USHE institutions will be participating.
Identity Finder is a tool that can search computer systems to find and secure sensitive data thus reducing the risk of data breaches. Utah State University is using Identity Finder to proactively locate sensitive data in order to protect our constituents.
Identity Finder enables departments to safeguard sensitive institutional data in accordance to University Information Security Policy 558.
How does Identity Finder work?
Identity Finder: Enterprise Edition works by searching the contents of your computer's hard drives for potential matches of PII (Personally Identifiable Information). Identity Finder searches for specific context, keywords, and expressions that only match information that is PII, and Identity Finder is advertised as being more than 98% accurate at finding PII.
Identity Finder can find social security numbers, credit card numbers, health information, bank account numbers, passwords, dates of birth, phone numbers, driver license information, Enterprise addresses, insurance information, tax information, passport information, and much much more. The possession of this PII on a machine is a risk that can become very costly if your computer is hacked or stolen. The information leak could potentially cost those responsible hundreds of thousands of dollars to deal with the repercussions of such an event.
Faculty/Staff can acquire Identity Finder for home use at a reduce rate.