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‘Filipinos unprepared for cyber threats’

DESPITE being the most attacked country in cyberspace in Southeast Asia and the 10th in the world, digital technology experts have warned that Filipinos are quite not prepared for cyber security threats since it ranks 37th out of 193 countries in the recent global security index report on cyber security preparedness.

Digital technology expert Reynaldo Lugtu, member of the Advisory Board of Global Chamber Manila, also divulged that the behavior of Filipinos make them very vulnerable to online attacks because many are not aware of the threats in cyberspace.

“In the legal aspect we are ahead of other countries because we have already passed the Data Privacy Act, the E-Commerce Law and the Anti-Wiretapping Law,” said Lugtu.

However, he noted that attackers knew that Filipinos were not very vigilant and aware.

“We are low in the cultural aspect because we are not well-informed of the dangers lurking online so that we easily open emails or click links without knowing the risks,” he said.

He said data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed that the Philippines was the 10th most attacked country worldwide in the Internet.

The list enumerated Canada as the most attacked followed by India, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and the Philippines. 

Other countries listed in the 11th to 20th most attacked were Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria and New Zealand, respectively.

Due to the cyber threats, Global Chamber Manila has organized a one-day convention called A Forum on Cyber Security and the Internet of Things on Jan. 31, 2018 at Enderun College in McKinley Hill, Taguig City.

Colin Christie, executive director of Global Chamber Manila, said more than 250 representatives from both the public and private sector, including government officials and members of the academe, were set to attend the event.

“We hope to use this occasion to provide Filipinos with a better grasp of recent developments in the automated age as well as the technologies and best practices to help everyone protect themselves and their systems from attack and unauthorized access,” Christie said.

The forum will be topbilled by cyber security expert Marc Goodman,  author of the best-selling book “Future Crimes.” 

He will discuss the technological advances of the cyber world and its many pitfalls.

“Mr. Goodman is a global strategist and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on security, business and international affairs. He is the founder of Future Crimes Institute and Chair of the Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University.  Over the past20 years, he has built his expertise in international cybercrime and terrorism working with organizations such as the Interpol, the UN Counter-Terrorism Task Force, Nato and the US Government,” Colin said. 

Topics: cyber threats , unprepared , cyberspace
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