Philippines launched a cybersecurity project to protect government networks

16 Jan 2019

The Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launched the Cybersecurity Management System Project in January 2019. It is a collaborative platform for the DICT and the private sector to protect government agencies from cybersecurity threats, attacks, and provide information sharing for other issues. Currently, only 10 government agencies are covered by the project.  The DICT hopes to include 40 more government agencies by the end of the year. Before becoming a part of the project, an agency should fulfill several criteria on network and infrastructure capabilities and go through DICT’s preparedness test.

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Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

 

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