DESE Fixes Vulnerability of Teachers’ Social Security Numbers on State Agency Website | State News

JEFFERSON CITY – The Department of Primary and Secondary Education (DESE) said it was told on Tuesday that personally identifiable information was vulnerable on a website operated by DESE.

The social security numbers of teachers and school administration were vulnerable in educator certification data available on DESE’s website, according to a press release.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it discovered the flaw in the research system and notified DESE. No private information was clearly visible or searchable, according to the Post-Dispatch.

The Educator Certification Finder was immediately disabled by removing public access to the system and updating the HTML code to fix the vulnerability.

These recordings were only accessible on an individual basis, and there was no option to decode SSNs for all educators in the system at the same time, according to a press release.

The state says it is not aware of any misuse of individual information or even if information was accessed inappropriately outside of this isolated incident.

An investigation is underway to ensure that there are no other potential vulnerabilities in DESE data or data collected by other state agencies.

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