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Private Information Management Initiative (PIMI) FAQ

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What is the Private Information Management Initiative?

The Private Information Management Initiative (PIMI) is a program where RIT Information Technology Services helps RIT faculty and staff scan their computers and attached drives to determine if they contain private information (PI). When PI is found, each RIT faculty and staff member is responsible for remediating the private information by redacting or shredding the files.

The program also includes destruction of paper files containing nonessential PI.

The goals of the program are to identify and reduce the... ...

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 Documentation for Windows or Mac for more... ...

Safe Social Networking and Blogging

Social networks are great. They do present some security challenges and risks, however.

This guide describes the dangers you face as a user of these websites, and provides tips on the safe use of social networking and blogging services.

 

Dangers of Social Networking

Many computer criminals uses these sites to distribute viruses and malware, to find private information people have posted publicly, and to find targets for phishing/social engineering schemes. Below is a short list of users who may be using the same sites as you:

Identity Thieves
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Identity Theft

One of the main motives of cybersecurity attacks is identity theft. Identity theft is the deliberate use of someone else’s identity, usually to use credit.

Phishing emails are commonly used to scam account information or install malware that sends information from your device. Be careful what links you click on.

Identity theft doesn’t just happen online. Discarded bank statements, bills, receipts, and old hard drives are also used by identity thieves.

Victims

If you think you have been a victim of identity theft, take action immediately. Contact any credit card issuers and financial institutions with... ...