Microsoft PH: Gov?t not collaborating enough with private sector on e-security

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By Tom Noda Despite the numerous times that its weakness in dealing with cybersecurity has been exposed, the government still has not collaborated enough with the private sector in tacking cybersecurity issues. [caption id="attachment_16969" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Microsoft Philippines legal and corporate affairs director Raul Cortez Microsoft Philippines legal and corporate affairs director Raul Cortez[/caption] This is according to Raul Cortez, legal and corporate affairs director of Microsoft Philippines, who said in a recent forum that the government should reach out more often to tech firms. “It’s still up to them (government). In a way, we’re waiting for a request depending on the situation, but at the same time we are proactively working with them to improve the system,” Cortez said. Cortez, a lawyer, said the country is still in transition when it comes to addressing cybersecurity issues, but called it “good news” since people, especially the government, are now aware of it. “We have the Data Privacy Law and Cybercrime Law, which means they’re looking at it,” Cortez said. “The fact that we’re working with government to improve their system means there’s a growing awareness.” In a recent cybercrime forum organized by Microsoft Philippines, Joey Narciso, a special investigator from the cybercrime division of the National Bureau of Investigation, said the government needs help and cannot address the problems on cybersecurity alone. Cortez said cybersecurity is not just an issue for businesses but a national security concern as well, and that education is necessary to know what the threats are. In 2013, hacktivists defaced government websites in protest of the Cybercrime Law, which they labeled as unjust, specifically the provision on online libel. Cortez added it is essential for the government to adopt cybersecurity measures especially now that cloud computing is emerging as the preferred technology model. Citing a new joint study conducted by IDC and the National University of Singapore (NUS), Cortez reported the cost of cybersecurity breaches was highest in Asia-Pacific, and that malware infections were found in computers with pirated software. The study also revealed that enterprises in APAC are expected to spend nearly $230 billion in 2014 to deal with issues caused by malware deliberately loaded onto pirated software, $59 billion dealing with security issues, and $170 billion dealing with data breaches. ]]>

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