Gartner Research

A Guidance Framework for Implementing a Social Security Number Remediation Program

Published: 01 February 2013

ID: G00245966

Analyst(s): Heidi L. Wachs


The use and collection of Social Security numbers (SSNs) pose privacy and legal risks with financial and reputational ramifications. An SSN remediation program identifies and mitigates these risks by addressing the business and information technology processes that capture and rely on SSNs.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Mobilize Your Organization
    • Build a Team
    • Identify Relevant Law and Policy
  • Locate SSNs
    • Centralized Survey
    • Hit List
    • Self-Certification
  • Analyze the Results
    • Understand the SSN Context
  • Implement Change
  • Create New, Repeatable Processes
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

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