Berkeley Lab

PII Certification (SEC 0221)

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Spirion for Windows

These instructions use screenshots from a Windows 10 computer.

However, if you use another Windows version you should still be able to follow along.

This training will cover:

  1. Downloading and Installing Spirion
  2. Searching with Spirion
  3. Processing results from Spirion
  4. Summary
  5. Course Credit and Feedback

What is Spirion?

Spirion is a Lab-sponsored piece of software that helps you find and delete Protected Information on your computer.

What is PII?

 Click to answer: What is Protected Information?

Protected Information includes Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Personal Health Information (PHI). Berkeley Lab defines the following data, alone or in combination, as Protected Information:

  • Social security numbers
  • Financial account information
  • Drivers license numbers
  • Health information with personal identifiers, for example:
    • Name plus insurance number
    • Employee ID plus treatment information
    • Any unique ID plus any medical information
 Click to answer: Why are we so careful about Protected Information?

Because a loss of Protected Information not only affects people’s privacy, but could hurt LBNL’s reputation and probably affect our open computing environment.

This also means that our employees are our first line of defense. Always ask yourself - do we really need to use Protected Information? Could something else, like employee ID, work just as well? If you do need to use Protected Information, go here to learn how to protect it.

Keep in mind, Spirion is not a perfect tool. If you know you have Protected Information on your computer, remove it. Do not rely solely on Spirion. Make the time to review your data.

Click on "Next" to continue.

Navigating the Course

Between topics: The course is divided into 3 main topics plus a summary page. Use the navigation at the bottom to move between pages:

The course material will take about 30 minutes to complete. 

The Spirion search can take several hours to complete.
You will receive credit when you submit your employee number at the end of the training.


If you have any questions about this training, please contact