University of Wisconsin–Madison

Data discovery

As part of the campus security strategy to reduce the risk of restricted data loss, The Office of Cybersecurity offers a data discovery service based on a tool called, “Identity Finder.”
  • Identity Finder scans a computer to locate Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, financial account numbers, or other restricted data and helps the user to secure it.
  • Scans files, emails and attachments, databases, and websites
  • Helps you secure data by redaction, encryption, shredding, and quarantine
Use this free tool to implement the risk reduction strategy for your department.


  • Reduce risk of restricted data loss
  • Help user find and secure restricted data
  • Helps ensure compliance with HIPAA, FERPA, and University privacy and data protection policies

Getting started

There are three service options available:

Centrally Managed
DoIT Departmental Support and IT Security provide full support for all data discovery efforts.

IT Security provides the infrastructure and enhanced support to departments that want to handle most aspects of data discovery.

  • If you want to use the Collaborative service, you will need access to the campus Identity Finder console. Please contact the DoIT Help Desk to request an account. Once we receive your request, the Data Discovery Service team will contact you with your username, password, and additional information about using the service.

IT Security provides the tools and some basic support to departments that want to handle all aspects of data discovery.

  • If you want to use the Delegated service, please contact the DoIT Help Desk to get access to the installation software and license files.

See the Data Discovery Service Definitions pdf. for info about roles and responsibilities.

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