The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is assisting the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in enhancing the Philippines’ cybersecurity plan.
During the “Cybersecurity in a Covid-19 era” webinar hosted by the Australian Embassy, DICT director Jose Carlos Reyes said the government agency is coordinating with ASPI to amend the National Cybersecurity Plan.
While the specific amendments have yet to be formalized, Reyes said the Australian and Philippine governments are collaborating on capacity building programs for cybersecurity.
Australian experts will also conduct training programs for Filipino workers to establish a solid cybersecurity skillset.
“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.
Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology Tobias Feakin said that Philippine cybersecurity is crucial in the current pandemic because hackers target critical industries such as healthcare.
Regional engagements throughout the country are likewise intricate because the Philippines’ being an archipelago.
The partnership is aligned with Australian-Philippines’ 75-year-old bilateral relations that includes a commitment to provide mutual assistance to especially in making each country’s institutions efficient and accountable.