After its website was hacked last March, the Commission on Elections just gave a strong assurance that restored website which will also display results of the May 9, 2016 elections will be firewalled from malicious users and hackers.
Learning from its mistake, the agency said adequate security measures are put in place to prevent the recurrence of the site hacking.
The agency website with secure address, take note it used to be http://www.comelec.gov.ph but is now https://www.comelec.gov.ph is online and accessible to the public already.
Taking into consideration that site will also be used in display of results, it will have seven layers of protection from hackers according to election contractor Smartmatic project manager Marlon Garcia.
The poll body will also use the site as electronic repository of all canvassed election returns as transmitted copies are all destined to the National Command Center of the agency.
For this process, the transmission will be using a designated virtual private network for full system security.
In the 2013 elections, Comelec also used the site to display election results which was getting update as returns came in. While before votes get collated per receipts of update per candidate, now the Comelec said that result will display per election return so users can compare only and prevent trending.