DOJ activates first government-led cyber security team

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The Department of Justice recently took a step towards greater protection of government data in cyberspace with the constitution of its first Cyber Security Incident Response Team or the CSIRT.


“With the rising dependence of transportation, utilities and other critical infrastructure on information and technology, there is a consequent vulnerability that we need to address,” said Department of Justice secretary Leila M. De Lima.

“Cyber threats must be dealt with preventively and proactively,” she said.

Department Order No. 526 sets up a multi-disciplinary group covering relevant offices under the department and is headed by the DOJ Chief Information Officer (CIO).

“This is aligned with the National Security Policy (NSP) of government. Hackings and cyber-attacks in many forms are occurring. The DOJ-CSIRT will mitigate the risks against, the integrity of government data,” said Assistant Secretary Geronimo L. Sy, designated chair of the CSIRT and head of the Office of Cybercrime.

Guidelines, advisories, and procedures to ensure proper coordination among DOJ agencies and other justice stakeholders. will be the first priority, according to the DOJ.

Private sector groups may be consulted and engaged for effective collaboration, it added.

Meanwhile, the DOJ said the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act has been endorsed to the secretaries of Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Science and Technology.

The issuance of the IRR is expected to bolster the cyber-capacity of government and to provide better protection to business and industry specially the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies.

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