Philippines’ National Cybersecurity Strategy to be launched in December

The strategy aims to strengthen the country’s cyber core.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Oct. 19, 2016

The Philippine government will launch its cybersecurity strategy in December, according to Allan Cabanlong, Executive Director of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Centre (CICC).

In a report by GovInsider, Cabanlong said the strategy aims to strengthen the country's cyber core through four key thrusts, including critical infrastructure protection, government, businesses, and individuals.

For critical infrastructures, he mentioned the need for a cybersecurity compliance and assessments. As such, government networks for both public and military will be secured by a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

In addition, Cabanlong said they will build training facilities, certification programmes, and set a common cybersecurity standard in the Philippines.

During the Microsoft Cyber Security Summit last month, CyberSecurity Malaysia offered help to the CICC - which is under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) - in providing trainings.

"If they require any training [and] capacity building programme - because they are a new entity - then we can come and assist," said Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, CEO of Cybersecurity Malaysia, in another report by GovInsider on 3 October 2016.

In particular, Wahab said CyberSecurity Malaysia train Philippine officials on critical infrastructure protection, cryptography, and digital forensics. "[We can also] advise and assist them in their policy strategy planning for cybersecurity in the Philippines," he added in the report.