PNP hooks up with Microsoft to fight cybercrime in PH

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Photo shows Raul Cortez, director for corporate and legal affairs at Microsoft Philippines (right) and Gilbert Sosa, director of the PNP-Anti-Cybercrime Group Photo shows Raul Cortez, director for corporate and legal affairs at Microsoft Philippines (right) and Gilbert Sosa, director of the PNP-Anti-Cybercrime Group[/caption] The tie-up with the local office of Microsoft was coursed through the PNP?s Anti-Cybercrime Group in a formal signing ceremony held at Camp Crame on Thursday, Dec. 18. The Anti-Cybercrime Group was formed in March 2013 in pursuance with the provision of the Cybercrime Prevent Act to serve as the primary group responsible for implementing cybercrime laws and anti-cybercrime campaigns of the PNP and the national government. It was created to focus on cybercrime-, computer- and other content-related offenses such as cybersex, child pornography, and unsolicited commercial communication among many others. From 2003 to 2012, the PNP-ACG reported a total of 2,778 cybercrime-related offenses. With the alliance, Microsoft will be providing readiness programs, knowledge, tools, and necessary technologies to assist in combatting cybercrimes. Microsoft will also work closely with PNP-ACG representatives to discuss current requirements, challenges, skills and equipment. The software said it will assist the PNP-ACG in developing a readiness program for specific roles within the agency?s cybercrime group. ?Our alliance with the PNP-ACG embodies Microsoft?s commitment to enable the public and private sectors with the necessary skills in addressing the increasing complexities of cybercrime,? said Raul Cortez, director for corporate and legal affairs at Microsoft Philippines. ?Extensive public and private partnerships are essential to complement security and privacy models and legislative frameworks to adequately protect consumer privacy and security,? he added. Gilbert Sosa, director of the PNP-ACG, said that while the government has a role to play in combating cybercrimes in the country, it cannot do the task alone. ?We need to forge partnerships with the software industry, the user community, and other government agencies to confront cybercrime rings. We hope to lessen cybercrime incidences and help neutralize its painful effects to the economy, families, and individual consumers,? Sosa said. ]]>

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