Last week was a busy one for the newly established Department of Information and Communications Technology, as two of its attached agencies organized the first National Data Privacy Summit and the Cybersecurity Summit separately.

The National Privacy Commission convened the first ever national data privacy summit on December 5-6, 2016 at Novotel, Quezon City. The summit was organized specifically for the public sector and was attended by around 200 information security officers and ICT professionals from national government agencies, GOCCs, LGUs, and SUCs.

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NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro and Deputy Commissioners Dondi Mapa and Ivy Patdu. Photo from the National Privacy Commission.

The two-day summit focused on building the capacity of government agencies to comply with the Data Privacy Act and build a culture of privacy in their respective organizations.

Meanwhile, the newly established Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center (CICC) spearheaded Cybersecurity Summit 2016 on December 8, 2016 at Crowne Plaza Manila.


DICT Assistant Secretary and Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center (CICC) Executive Director Allan S. Cabanlong presents the National Cybersecurity Plan

One of the major events during the summit was the launch of the National Cybersecurity Plan, which was led by Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinator Center (CICC) Executive Director Asec. Allan S. Cabanlong of the DICT. The CICC was established under Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, but was only convened this year after the creation of the DICT. According to Asec. Cabanlong, the DICT and the CICC “will be at the frontline to protect Philippines’ Critical Infostructure, Government, Public and Military Networks, Supply Chains and Internet of Everything (IoE),

The Plan is anchored in a Cybersecurity Governance Framework, One of the remarkable features of the Plan is the creation of the National Computer Emergency Response Team (NCERT), as well as several sectoral CERTs.

However, Asec. Cabanlong clarified that the full National Cybersecurity Plan is still in the works and will be published by March 2017.

The CICC also signed several Memorandums of Agreement with private firms such as Microsoft, and International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)², and Cybersecurity Malaysia, and agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) of Malaysia.

During the Cybersecurity Summit and the Press Conference, DICT and CICC officials highlighted the fact that the CICC will be working hand-in-hand with the National Privacy Commission in protecting the personal information of citizens while performing its mandate.


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