PH gov’t formally launches P512-million cybersecurity project

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has officially launched the country’s flagship cybersecurity program worth P512 million.

Photo shows DICT assistant secretary for cybersecurity and enabling technologies
Allan S. Cabanlong (right) with ICS president George Barcelon

Officially known as the Cybersecurity Management System Project (CMSP), the initiative was unveiled on Wednesday, January 19, at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

The government awarded the contract of the cybersecurity initiative to local systems integrator ICS. The tech firm, which tapped Israeli cybersecurity company Verint as its partner, was the lone qualified bidder for the project.

The CMSP, officials said, will be the Philippine government’s national platform for intelligence sharing to comprehensively monitor threats and defend the country’s cyber infostructure from cyberattacks.

The project is set to be completed in 10 and a half months starting from the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP) last January 15.

“This kick-off for the CMS project is a great cue for us to keep taking bold action in this gargantuan task of safeguarding our citizens in the cyber realm,” DICT acting secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. said.

Rio noted that the centralized monitoring platform will enhance the country’s ability to act on threats, before, during, and after cyber attacks.

Allan S. Cabanlong, DICT assistant secretary for cybersecurity and enabling technologies, said, the first phase of the project will cover 10 government agencies that were identified as priority agencies and will be able to monitor cyberthreats in the Dark Web, among others..

The 10 agencies are DICT, Office of the President (OP), Department of Finance (DoF), Department of Energy (DoE), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Security Council (NSC), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and Department of National Defense (DND).

The platform aims to build the resilience of the country as part of the National Cybersecurity Plan (NCSP) 2022 which vision is to reach the state of having a “Trusted and Resilient Infostructure.”

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