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DICT taps Kaspersky to boost government cybersecurity program

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their existing mutual commitment to address the information security challenges among local public sector agencies in support of the national cybersecurity framework of the country.

The agreement, which coincided with the first Philippine International Cybersecurity Conference in Davao City last week, aims to further enhance capacity development and institution building on cybersecurity within the government sector as it seeks to ensure public safety and security in the 21st century.

“Tackling cybersecurity, being borderless in nature, is by no means a solo act. We are glad to take our current collaboration with the DICT to the next level and we’re looking forward to seeing the results of this agreement benefit the Filipinos,” said Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director at Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.

“Our experience at Kaspersky Lab alone shows how a collective approach in battling cybercrime is very effective at demystifying the most complex of cyberthreats and keeping ahead of the cyber criminals. With our cybersecurity expertise, we hope to support the Philippines the best way we can as we do with other governments around the world,” Neumeier said.

“The creation of the National Cybersecurity Plan (NCSP) 2020 proved that the Philippine government, through the DICT, has indeed placed cybersecurity among its top national priorities,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky Lab.

“With the country’s strong and steady economic growth combined with its highly active online citizens, the steps being taken by the government come at a time when Filipinos need heightened cybersecurity measures the most,” Siang said.

In this year’s Q2 cyberthreat report of Kaspersky Lab, the Philippines placed as the ninth most attacked country worldwide in terms of online threats.

About 10.6 million web infections online were recorded in this period in the Philippines, where 39% of attacks were against individual Internet users and 11% were against businesses.

In photo: DICT & Kaspersky Lab inks MoU. Present at the signing were (from left to right) Allan S. Cabanlong, Assistant Secetary, DICT; Eliseo M. Rio Jr., Acting Secretary, DICT; Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab APAC; and Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.

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