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Private Information Handling Quick Reference Table

Private Information Handling Quick Reference Table

This table provides recommendations on the correct handling of private information at RIT.

New York State defines private information (PI) as any personal information concerning a natural person combined with one or more of the following data elements: Social Security number, driver's license number, account number, or credit or debit card number in combination with any required security code.

Digital Self Defense 103 - Information Handling fulfills the training requirement for handling RIT Private or Confidential Information.

Consult the Spirion (Identity Finder) End User Guide for Windows or Mac for more... ...

RIT Faculty and Staff Responsibilities

Private Information Management Initiative -- Faculty and Staff Responsibilities

All RIT faculty and staff are expected to follow the Private Information Management Initiative (PIMI) remediation requirements below:

  • Review paper files for Private information.
  • Scan RIT computers with Spirion (Identity Finder) for Private information (if Spirion (Identity Finder) is not available, scanning with an alternative tool or reviewing the computer for Private Information is recommended). Information Technology Services (ITS) will initiate scans of most computers monthly.
  • Scan or review personal/home computers, portable devices, and media for Private information (e.g., Social Security Number, Bank Account Number, Credit Card Number or Drivers License).
  • Inform
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PIMI Overview

Private Information Management Initiative (PIMI) Overview

The Private Information Management Initiative seeks to identify and reduce the amount of Private Information found on RIT computers and storage devices. Private information is information that is typically used to conduct identity theft and may include Social Security Numbers (SSNs), credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank account information, etc.

Reducing the amount of Private Information (PI) will help safeguard the RIT community against identity theft and will help RIT comply with relevant state and federal laws. 

Goals

  1. Increase awareness of the importance of safeguarding all private information, not just SSNs
  2. Increase awareness
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Mobile Devices

Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are not always designed with security in mind and, as a result, are not as secure as most computers.

There are a number of ways in which information on a mobile device may be breached: theft of the device, attacks on your service provider, wireless hijacking or "sniffing", and unauthorized access. Because mobile devices may be more easily stolen or compromised, users of these devices must take precautions when using them to store or access Private or Confidential information. 

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Virtual Private Networks

Virtual Private Networks

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a technology that allows for secure transmissions across the Internet between two networks by using a secure "virtual tunnel." Without using VPN, data (including passwords and confidential information) transmitted via the Internet is exposed and can be intercepted by third parties.

VPN should always be used to access RIT resources that are normally unavailable to users outside of the wired Institute network (such as department-specific services and network shares). This means that unless you are at a wired machine on campus, you must connect to the Institute network using VPN if... ...