Search & Secure Initiative

One of Emory's fundamental responsibilities is to secure the personal, financial, and medical information entrusted to us by our faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, donors, patients, and research participants. In order to further this goal, President Wagner has initiated a comprehensive Search and Secure initiative across both Emory University and Emory Healthcare to identify, inventory, and secure any sensitive information stored on unsecured media. Each school, business unit, and clinical unit at Emory has been tasked with this responsibility.

Knowing what to shred is important. All confidential data of students, patients, employees and any research information should be protected.

Think about the types of data that you handle on a regular basis. Do you ever work with any of the following types of data, or other sensitive information?

  • Social security numbers, including partial social security numbers (last 4 digits)
  • Protected health information (PHI) as defined by HIPAA
  • Student records and prospective student records
  • Credit/debit card numbers, P-Card numbers, and other PCI cardholder data
  • Financial aid information
  • Bank account numbers
  • Information protected by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) or other third party data that Emory is legally or contractually obligated to protect. (Note: the security provisions contained in NDAs and contractual agreements may vary significantly, so robust security measures may not be required in all situations)
  • Law enforcement and investigative records

Documents that are likely to contain this sensitive information, include:

  • Clinical records
  • Employee-related data (HR forms, insurance information, etc.)
  • Research information related to sponsorship, funding, and human subjects
  • Donor and alumni records

Emory Shredding Services
868 Peavine Creek Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
Josh Majors, 404-712-0093