Securing A Whole Wired World

Yesterday, I attended a whole-day event entitled “Securing a Whole Wired World: A Forum on Cyber Security Awareness and Collaboration” at the NDCP Honor Hall, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Quezon City. The forum, organized by the Office of the Vice President, in partnership with the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and the NDCP Alumni Association, Inc. (NDCPAAI), was brought about by the need to gather key players in cyber security in order to create awareness on various challenges and opportunities embodied on current information and communications technology.

The forum featured resource persons from the public and private sectors who tackled cyber security issues from theory to practice. In a prepared speech read for him by DND Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, the Philippine Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay called for the enhancement of the country’s decade-old e-Commerce law to better keep up with the evolution of cyber crimes and urged information technology experts to work with legislators for such cause. He noted that the Philippines, despite being an emerging country in computer and cyber technology, is not shielded from acts of cyber terrorism and cyber war.

In writing this article on securing the cyberspace, I did not intend to discuss the threats of cyber terrorism and cyber war nor what to do in case such dire scenario occur. While I believe that each one of us should be aware of such threats, it is beyond our individual capability to prevent such occurrences. The government should be in the forefront on the endeavor to secure our cyberspace but what are they doing? The current administration does not even seem to understand the need to have a line department that would govern and harness cyber technology for the good of its people.

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