By Richa Noriega
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Wednesday threw its support behind the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in promoting strengthened cybersecurity and data privacy protection of the corporate sector amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The department made the statement after the SEC encouraged corporations to assess their exposure to cybersecurity risks and to address craft policies and measures.
“We recognize cybersecurity as a vital component of digital transformation. As we increase our usage of ICT during our transition to the new normal, it is important to ensure that our institutions, whether in the public or the private sector, are safe from cyber threats and risks,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.
“The DICT supports the SEC’s initiative in promoting better cybersecurity practices in the private sector. And to do that, your DICT continues to extend its cybersecurity services to everyone – with the guidance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and in support of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID),” he added.
The DICT said it is offering its Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI) services, particularly the issuance of digital certificates as a support to the private sector.
“Digital certificates ensure confidentiality, authenticity, integrity, and non-repudiation of electronic transactions and documents. This adds another layer of protection to digital transactions among its users,” the department said.
The DICT advised the corporations to report cybersecurity incidents in their systems to the department’s Cybersecurity Bureau, which continues to handle and respond to cyber threats amid the quarantine.