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Missouri governor urged to appoint cybersecurity panel

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AP—Three months after creation of a commission to identify cybersecurity risks in state government, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has yet to appoint any members.

A state lawmaker said Friday that vulnerabilities exposed on a state website prove the need for just such a panel of experts.

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist this week uncovered a flaw on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website that potentially exposed Social Security numbers for school employees. Parson responded by accusing the journalist of hacking, and announced a criminal investigation.

Democratic Rep. Ashley Aune says Parson's administration is responsible for the problem. Aune says Parson should appoint members for the cybersecurity commission.