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UNC Addresses Risk Systemically, Rather than Piecemeal

Students are currently recognized by their Social Security Number in many University systems and applications. With the growing threat of identity theft, an alternative method has been desired for identifying students and faculty. The opportunity to execute this change has surfaced through the implementation of an updated University [of North Carolina] computer system.

Kudos to UNC for getting this right, and taking the opportunity to fix a major problem before it struck. From “Social security number removed as student id.”

One comment on "UNC Addresses Risk Systemically, Rather than Piecemeal"

  • Saar Drimer says:

    I was wondering for a long time when they are going to relaize this.
    When I got to the US for university, I did not have a SSN so I got a number out of a hat.

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