The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is working with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute to make certain amendments to the National Cybersecurity Plan.
Jose Carlo Reyes, director of the DICT’s Cybersecurity Bureau, said the Philippine government and Australia are working to further improve the cyber-security plan of the Philippines and update it to meet the demands of the time.
“We have been working with Australian Strategic Policy Institute for us to amend our National Cybersecurity Plan,” he said during the Cybersecurity in a Covid-19 Era Forum organized by the Australian Embassy.
Reyes did not elaborate on which portions of the said blueprint needs amending.
He noted that aside from this, the two governments are working on capacity building programs to train workers with cyber-security skills.
“We have been requesting that we need an immersion. The ambassador has committed to having this exchange of experts hopefully in the coming months,” Reyes said.
For his part Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology Tobias Feakin said there is a need for countries to reinforce their cyber-security infrastructure, saying cybercriminals are targeting critical industries like healthcare amid the pandemic.
“We welcome and encourage the Philippines’s continued engagement in regional fora on cyber related issues,” he said.