Sensitive Information Remediation (SIR) Project


The Sensitive Information Remediation Project, better known as Project SIR, is a campus-wide initiative with the purpose to scan, find, delete and/or secure sensitive information. OIS in conjunction with ITS is working with the entire School of Medicine community to provide the tools, procedures and reporting necessary to help data owners discover all of the sensitive information that they may have and to provide options to secure such information.

Minimize Risk Now – Move or Delete

Incidents such as the data exposures at Office of Personnel Management and Target have made us alarmingly aware of our risk of identity theft. As such, we all have a responsibility to protect sensitive information that we have created or has been entrusted to us.

The goal of Project SIR:

Removal of University-owned sensitive information from your local hard drives: MRNs, SSNs, Passport Numbers, and Credit Card Numbers. 

How to minimize risk now and prepare for Project SIR: 

  1. Clear your Internet Browser’s History. This step will significantly decrease the number of files that potentially store sensitive information.
  2. Identify your department’s secure network storage. Your local IT Support should be able to help you. Otherwise, contact OIS at
  3. Move or Delete your data. All University data should be stored on professionally managed network storage. If you don't need it, delete it.

How to identify sensitive data on your computer:

Read more about Identity Finder, the tool that will be available for you to scan and remediate sensitive data on UNC systems.

Thank you for your time and attention for this important project.