Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

October is Cyber Security Month!

Our last two Tips were all about how to keep your passwords safe, but there is far more important information that all Stonehill employees are required to keep secure. We're talking about Personally Identifiable Information (PII). 

PII is defined by Massachusetts law as a person’s first name and last name or first initial and last name in combination with one or more of the following: 

  • Social Security Number 
  • Driver’s License Number or state-issued Identification Card Number 
  • Financial account number, or credit or debit card number 

Stonehill employees are all responsible for securing not only their own information, but also the PII of students and other employees. Criminals use this information for identity theft, which is why the college has a policy that strictly prohibits storing any PII data on laptops, tablets, smartphones, USB keys, or other portable devices without authorization.

To help identify if you have PII stored on your computer please use Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) to scan your computer. Once the scan is complete, it gives you a report on any PII data on your computer, with options on how to secure it. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-4357 or via e-mail at