Friday, May 5, 2017

Government launches info campaign on cyber-security awareness

From the Business Mirror (May 6): Government launches info campaign on cyber-security awareness

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) would be conducting cybersecurity caravans across the country to spread awareness among stakeholders.

The DICT recognizes that both the private and public sectors are facing cyberthreats today, DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima said in a forum on Tuesday.

“We are raising awareness not only in the private sector but also public sector,” he added.

The DICT cybersecurity caravan has reached Zamboanga City on April 26, according to DICT Assistant Secretary Allan Cabanlong. “With that we can create awareness, educate and empower our citizens,” Cabanlong said adding that providing cyber awareness is the main program of the DICT.

According to Salalima, the agency is looking outside the private sector in the campaign as companies are the most secured organizations in the country.

“The private sector is already advanced in cybersecurity measures,” he said. “Even before, they have been strengthening their cybersecurity.”

In a recent interview, Philippine Institute of Cyber Security Professionals (PICSPro) President Angel Redoble said the country’s ICT infrastructure should be strengthened through proactive and inclusive measures as the number of threats grows.

Speaking to members of the local media during the Unveiling of the National Cybersecurity Plan 2022 in Manila on Tuesday, Salalima said that the DICT plan in securing the country’s information and communications technology infrastructures would remain a “secret.”

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