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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

CUSpider Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: CUSpider is an open-source forensic file scanning utility that scans individual computers for the presence of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). This software searches for instances of unencrypted PII and assists the user in taking the appropriate actions to secure sensitive data. While scanning, CUSpider will create a list of files which appear to contain PII and allow the user to remediate, redact, or securely delete the information.

CUSpider does not utilize a database. This technology automatically creates encrypted files called State Files during each scan that contain details as to which files have been searched and which files contain sensitive data. These files are saved the user`s local drive. The vendor recommends that these files be treated with the same care as any other sensitive file and should be securely deleted after every scan and remediation session.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has been assessed by the Section 508 Office and found non-conformant. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.4
Decision Date: 04/01/2020 at 13:07:19 UTC
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT)
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/01/2020 at 13:07:19 UTC).