Safeguarding your identity

social_security_number_250x251The university is in the midst of a systemwide spring cleaning—of Social Security numbers. The project, which takes place on all four campuses, University of Missouri Health Care, Extension and UM system, will replace all Social Security numbers necessary to UM business with alternate identification numbers and delete all those unnecessary.

“The university takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard the personal information and identity of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, friends and donors,” said UM President Gary Forsee. “This project will go a long way toward protecting the security and personal identity of our associates.”

An Information Services team has been created to secure Social Security numbers in a centralized database and replace them with alternate identification numbers. Social Security numbers that are no longer necessary will be deleted to prevent exposure to outside sources. This is a huge project and will require the cooperation of everyone across the entire system.

What can you do?
Begin by searching your electronic and paper files for Social Security numbers and deleting or shredding those that are no longer necessary.

Additional information can be found here.

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