Because of the growing number of security threats today, Delaware Valley University requires that each of its departments and campuses identify, remove, and/or protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on all Del Val desktops, laptops, and servers. PII includes sensitive information such as Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers, driver's license numbers and bank account numbers. To aid in this effort, Del Val has obtained a university-wide license for the Spirion Data Discovery software.
What is Spirion?
Spirion is software currently licensed at Del Val to facilitate the discovery and remediation of personally identifiable information (PII) across University-owned systems and networks. The software searches for social security, credit card, bank account, and driver’s license numbers contained within areas of the system including files, folders, and email clients. Once the scan is completed the user is prompted to review the potential matches and to remediate any PII found during the scan.
Why is it important?
Discovering and remediating PII helps to prevent data breaches, maintain compliance with state and federal laws, and meet user responsibilities defined by University policies and guidelines. Only University systems specifically approved and authorized for the storage of PII are allowed to do so for business purposes. This process ensures that our systems do not unnecessarily contain PII related to our employees, families, vendors, students, or other affiliates of Delaware Valley University.