The Office of the CIO for the UW has mandated that we must scan all UW-owned computers in the department for restricted data — in this case, Social Security Numbers.
For this, the CIO's office has gotten a campus license for software called "Identity Finder" which we (meaning BCG) must install, run, and report the results of to them. We are using our update manager, called Tivoli Endpoint Manager, to remotely deplay the Identity Finder client software.
This software only runs on Windows and OSX, so if you have only Linux, you won't see Identity Finder. The rest of you, however, may notice a new item called Identity Finder among your programs. If you put a USB flash drive in your PC or Mac, a window may open up asking if you want to scan it with Identity Finder. You can say "no" to that, and also tell it to not ask every time you use removable media like flash drives.
If you want the details, here is the PDF.
But basically, all Schools, Colleges, Divisions, Departments, Centers, and other units of UW-Madison must at least annually find, reduce, protect, and report the storage locations of UW-Madison Restricted Data related to the unit's business, including Restricted Data stored by contractors or other entities or persons associated with the unit.
The Restricted Data Management policy will initially only apply to UW-Madison Social Security Numbers (SSN's) during the period from January 1st 2015 through December 31st 2015. The initial period may be extended. The policy will eventually apply to all UW-Madison Restricted Data.