PH military says it is drafting cyberspace defense plan

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has announced that it is currently crafting a strategic framework that will secure and defend the military’s information networks and systems.

The AFP headquarters at Camp Aquinaldo. Credit: PNA

The AFP headquarters at Camp Aquinaldo. Credit: PNA

At the recent Cybersecurity Summit organized by the AFP’s Communication Electronics and Information System (CEIS), officials said the AFP Cyberspace Strategic Plan is expected to be finalized within the third quarter of 2017.

“The development of the AFP Cyberspace Strategic Plan is one of the thrusts of the AFP in attaining information security. It will provide the Armed Forces with a roadmap that will lead us to the realization of a fully cyberspace-capable organization by 2022,” said AFP deputy chief-of-staff for CEIS Major Gen. Jose Tanjuan Jr.

The two-day summit, held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, was aimed at educating and informing its members about the latest trends in cybersecurity.

It gathered some of the military’s information technology experts as well as representatives from the CEIS offices of the AFP major services and unified commands, Philippine National Police, and Philippine Coast Guard.

“It is high time that the AFP raise awareness for a secure and resilient AFP cyberspace as we adapt to the rapid technological advancements brought by the digital age,” AFP public affairs office chief Edgard Arevalo stated.

Resource persons from the Department of Information and Communications Technology, PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group, National Privacy Commission, and other partners from the private sector attended the event.

Among the topics discussed in the summit were the National Cybersecurity Plan 2022, Data Privacy Act of 2012, Cyber Crime and Prevention, and Cyber Threat Awareness and Updates. – Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA

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