Years in the making, PH finally unveils first cybersecurity plan

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Top officials of the DICT and the National Privacy Commission were in attendance for the launch at the Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City Top officials of the DICT and the National Privacy Commission were in attendance for the launch at the Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City[/caption] Officials of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its attached agency the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center (CICC), formally unveiled the National Cybersecurity Strategy Framework on Tuesday, May 2, at the Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood, Quezon City. DICT assistant secretary and concurrent CICC executive director Allan Cabanlong recalled that it was during the term of former President Joseph Estrada that a national cybersecurity plan was first drafted. Cabanlong said the creation of the DICT hastened the drafting of the strategy after languishing in the backburner for a long time. In a press conference following the launch, Cabanlong said the program also provides for the creation of a ?cyber intelligence center? at the DICT building. With a budget of P2 billion over three years, the cyber intelligence center will be equipped with cyber state-of-the-art facilities such as testing laboratory and digital forensics. The center will also function as a coordinating body that will issue updates and security alerts for all government agencies, according to Cabanlong, a former police major. In the meantime that it does not have enough security professionals yet, the DICT said it will subscribe to a managed services contract that will allow experts from a private firm to provide the manpower needed for the operation of the cyber intelligence center. DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio said the National Cybersecurity Strategy Framework is also expected to accelerate the migration of all government websites to a DICT-hosted facility in its main office in Quezon City. So far, Rio said the DICT is already hosting about 180 government websites. He said 200 more websites are expected to make the shift. Under the plan, the government will also build up its capability and capacity for quick response and recovery through the establishment of the National Computer Emergency Response Team (NCERT). The development of the framework, the DICT added, will allow the government to institutionalize the adoption and implementation of Information Security Governance and Risk Management approaches. ?These globally recognized standards shall provide the government a systematic and methodical practice of ensuring the protection of our mission critical and non-critical infostructure,? it said. ]]>

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