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PH ranks 39th among 193 countries in cybersecurity index

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By Emmie V. Abadilla

The 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) report ranked the Philippines 39th in a list of 193 countries, based on technical, legal, regulatory and cultural as well as organizational aspects.

The Philippines rated high in the legal aspect because of its Data Privacy Act, anti-wire tapping law and e-commerce law, which are already in place but ranked low in the cultural aspect because most Filipinos are not aware of online threats, easily accepting emails and downloading applications without knowing the risks, Information Technology expert Rey Lugtu maintained.

The GCI classified the Philippines as one of the “maturing” countries in the area of cybersecurity strategy. Singapore, which has a long history of cybersecurity initiatives, ranked number one on the index list.

The rest of the top 10 includes the US, Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada. Of these, three countries are from Asia and the Pacific, two each from Europe and the Americas, and one each from Africa, the Arab States, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Only 38 percent of the countries in the list have a published cybersecurity strategy, while 12 percent are in the process of developing one.

First launched in 2014, the GCI, effectively a cybersecurity score card, fosters a global culture of cybersecurity and its integration at the core of Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Cybersecurity is a must in our interconnected daily life, where anything and everything can be exposed, and everything, from national critical infrastructure to our basic human rights can be compromised, he explained.

Filipinos should specifically be vigilant about protecting their personal data, warned Lugtu, who is also an advisor of the the Global Chamber, a community of chief executive officers, executives, professionals and students in over 500 metropolitan areas worldwide.

Global Chamber has organized the “Forum on Cyber Security and the Internet of Things,” this January 31, 2018, to raise awareness on cybersecurity threats.

The convention, which will be attended by over 250 representatives from the public and the private sector, aims to provide Filipinos with a better grasp of recent developments in the automated age, as well as technologies and best practices to help protect their systems from attack and unauthorized access.

Keynote speaker, top cybersecurity expert Marc Goodman, will discuss technological advances in the cyber world and their pitfalls.

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