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Kaspersky Lab Reveals PH Threat Landscape, Advocates Public-Private Collaboration in its First CyberSecurity Summit with the DICT

Kaspersky Lab, in cooperation with the Department of Communication and Information Technology (DICT), held its first-ever cybersecurity summit in the Philippines last Thursday, August 03, to jump-start the collaboration of the two entities in helping the local business sector understand, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity policies.

Dubbed “CyberSecurity Summit 2017”, the conference promoted the sharing of intelligence and technology between public and private sectors to better combat the escalating number of cyberattacks against businesses in the country.

“As one of the fastest growing economies in the Asia Pacific region, it is undoubtedly high-time for the Philippines to tackle cybersecurity seriously. Its impressive economic numbers and its growing, active online population make the country a ripe target in the eyes of cybercriminals. As a private company actively working with governments and police officers around the world against online crimes, Kaspersky Lab is more than willing to help the Philippine government spread cybersecurity awareness among Filipinos and thwart cybercrimes by sharing our expertise and understanding about information security,” said Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director at Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.

For the first time, Kaspersky Lab’s top security analyst in Asia Pacific set foot in the Philippines to provide an overview of the local threat landscape. Vitaly Kamluk, Director of the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky Lab APAC, zeroed in on organized cyberattacks targeting the Philippines.

At the same event, the DICT formally unveiled its department order which is critical to the implementation of the National CyberSecurity Plan 2022 (NCSP) and will ensure the protection of government networks, critical infrastructures, and individuals. The NCSP was recently formulated as the government’s initial step in beefing up the country’s cybersecurity capabilities.

“Cybersecurity is a whole of nation approach. We must work together to attain a cyber resilient Philippines,” said Allan Cabanlong, Assistant Secretary for CyberSecurity and Enabling Technologies of the DICT.

Kaspersky Lab also presented during the summit its Enterprise Cybersecurity powered by HuMachine Intelligence® — a combination of threat intelligence big data, robotic machine learning capabilities and the ingenuity and experience of human experts — developed by the cybersecurity company to solve today’s more complex and focused threats.

“The latest figures from the Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index revealed 50% of Filipino digital users are still unaware of online dangers. In our Kaspersky Security Network report alone, some 16 thousand Internet-borne malware infections were detected on computers of Filipino users with Kaspersky Lab products from April to June this year. The reported infections were either through visiting infected websites or downloading malicious files to the computer. With cyber threats aimed at businesses of all sizes anywhere, there’s now an even more resounding call for enterprises to have security policies that go beyond software to also include educating its people to strengthen their practical skills, so they can effectively contribute to the security of the organization,” said Neumeier.