By Emmie V. Abadilla
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS) the other day (Jan 22, 2019) held the official kick- off for the P508-million Cybersecurity Management System Project.
“It’s a first step, but a great step towards securing the country against cyber threats,” according to DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr.
DICT oversees the national ICT agenda which covers cybersecurity policy and planning coordination.
The National Cyber Security Plan (NCSP) is a comprehensive roadmap for the cyber space that mirrors the National Security Strategy of the administration.
Under the NCSP, a CyberSecurity Management System Project, referred to as the National Cyber Intelligence Platform (NCIP) will provide a facility housing research and development, testing laboratories, live test of threats, and threat scenario simulators.
The platform is a turnkey solution capable of comprehensively identifying Philippine data thru algorithms by various technology partners, and the national leading the system design computer emergency response team (CERT-PH) efforts.
Integrated Computer Systems, in partnership with Verint, an established Israeli provider of cybersecurity turnkey solutions, bested three other bidders for the cybersecurity management system project.
The scope of work covers 10 priority agencies of the government plus the National Cyber Interagency Platform which will monitor threats coming in and out of the country.
The 10 priority agencies include the DICT, Office of the President (OP), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Security Council (NSC), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and Department of National Defense (DND).
Although at least 40 agencies have been identified as having a high impact on national security, the scope of the first phase of the project was limited due to budgetary constraints.
Overall, the collaborative platform is a system that will protect critical infostructure from threats in cyberspace.
It will also assist in filtering fake news and monitoring trolls, finding stolen personal information on both the surface internet and dark web which is key to identity theft prevention.
It is designed to identify bad actors on the web who would otherwise remain anonymous.