DND says PH needs to beef up cyber defense

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[/caption] DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin made the assertion during the 12th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore over the weekend. “As we become increasingly dependent on information and communication technology, we are also confronted with cyber threats. While cyber security previously focused only on individual hackers, recent trends show that attacks against government portals could come from organizations. Thus, we need to develop our cyber-related capabilities as we secure our channels of communication,” Gazmin stressed. He said the adoption of such measures is needed especially now that the Asia Pacific region continues to demonstrate economic resilience. It was also at the Shangri-La Dialogue wherein US Defense secretary Chuck Hagel openly accused China of orchestrating hacking attacks against US government websites. China, which sent a top military general as its representative to the Singapore forum, has denied authorizing the cyber assaults. Gazmin?s statement comes at a time when hackers from the Philippines and Taiwan figured in a fresh online skirmish following the death of a Taiwanese fisherman in Balintang Channel near Batanes. It can be recalled last year that Filipino and Chinese hackers also engaged in a bitter hacking war that was triggered by a territorial dispute between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea, also known as the South China Sea. The incident prompted the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) to recommend to Malacanang that all government websites be housed in a secure data center operated by the ICT agency. ? with reports from Priam F. Nepomuceno of PNA ]]>

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