AFP to create workforce unit to defend military cyberspace

The Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) is coming up with a Cyberspace Strategic Plan expected to be finalized within the upcoming third quarter of 2017.

“The development of the AFP Cyberspace Strategic Plan is one of the thrusts of the AFP in attaining information security. It will provide the Armed Forces with a road map that will lead us to the realization of a fully cyberspace-capable organization by 2022,” according to Major Gen. Jose Tanjuan, Jr. AFP deputy chief-of-staff for Communication Electronics and Information System.

Well aware the Internet is now being used as a platform for attacks by various threat groups nationwide that the AFP on Sunday disclosed it will build up a capable cyber workforce to secure and defend the military’s information networks and systems.

It is tapping partners from the information and communications technology sector to address the latest cybersecurity threats.

AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo disclosed the plan as the military concludes its Cybersecurity Summit last June 28 to 29 at its headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. The summit was aimed at educating and informing its members about the latest trends in cybersecurity.

“It is high time that the AFP raise awareness for a secure and resilient AFP cyberspace as we adapt to the rapid technological advancements brought by the digital age,” Arevalo stated.

The summit gathered some of the military’s information technology experts as well as representatives from the CEIS offices of the AFP Major Services and Unified Commands, Philippine National Police, and Philippine Coast Guard. (from PNA report)

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