Philippines’ finance department starts cybersecurity defence system implementation

To keep up with the increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Sept. 8, 2017

Department of Finance building
Credit: Department of Finance Facebook page. 

The Philippines' Department of Finance (DOF) has started rolling out its cybersecurity defence system to protect the online portals and communication systems of all its units and attached agencies from cyberattacks.

The system will be set up through an Advanced Security Operations Centre (ASOC) until next year. In line, communication "brokers" will be deployed to connect all inline security appliances of each attached agency to the ASOC.

In addition, the DOF's Technology Modernisation team has identified the compromised machines, software and communication lines within the department. As such, digital infrastructure upgrade for both hardware and software will be conducted for each attached agency.

The team has also proposed to clean up all the end-point devices connected to the DOF network, establish communications and threat analysis sharing protocols with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and limit the number of potential channels that the hackers can exploit to access online networks. 

The DOF expects the system to be completed by 2021 and will work with DICT to ensure the system's sustainability.