THE Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT) and, the National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines (Nadpop), with the NPO Japan Network Security Association (JNSA) and the Indonesia Network Security Association (IdNSA) recently launched CyberSecConPH.
The cybersecurity conference aims to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing among individuals and organizations in the field of Information Security (InfoSec) and Cybersecurity.
A multi-country initiative, CyberSecConPH is expected to boost cybersecurity infrastructure and practices in the country and enable connections with similar communities in the Philippines and Asia.
“Creating an Asia-wide Cybersecurity Community of Practice and Cooperation is one of the best ways for us to fight against cybercrime,” said Seiichi Ito, chairman, NPO Japan Network Security Association, during the press conference. “We look forward to engaging and sharing best practices with our fellow practitioners in the country.” Sam Jacoba, founding president of the National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines and conference chairman of CyberSecConPH, said it’s about time that a multi-country approach spearheaded by communities of practice to join hands in the fight against cybercriminals.
Angel “Lito” S. Averia Jr., president of the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PhCERT) added that a cybersecurity community built on collaboration, cooperation, communication and contribution will only strengthen the battle to stop cybercrime.
Indonesia Network Security Association’s Dr. Rudi Lumanto elaborated that Indonesia and the Philippines share a lot of history in Asean and have engaged in bilateral technology projects that should bring a lot of value and experience to the Japan-Asean Cybersecurity Community.
In tandem with related initiatives from the government and the private sector, the Communities of Practice will assist in the training of InfoSec and Cybersecurity professionals to enable them to respond squarely to online threats.
The conference also highlighted the demand for about 200,000 Filipino cybersecurity professionals to respond to the demands of critical infrastructures in the BPO, health care, finance, and utilities sectors.