University of Missouri System improves SSN security

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On March 19, 2009

The University of Missouri System is replacing all Social Security numbers necessary to UM business with alternate identification numbers systemwide, beginning this month. They will delete all unnecessary numbers.

“The university takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard the personal information and identity of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, friends and donors,” says UM President Gary Forsee. “This project will go a long way toward protecting the security and personal identity of our associates.”

A division of information technology team has been created to initiate the process of securing Social Security numbers in a centralized database and replacing them with alternate identification numbers. Social Security numbers that are no longer necessary will be deleted to prevent exposure to outside sources. This extensive project will require the cooperation of everyone in the system.

What can you do?

Begin by searching your electronic and paper files for Social Security numbers and deleting or shredding those that are no longer necessary.

The UM System will provide updates as the project progresses.  Additional information about the SSN Project is available online at

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