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PH is Southeast Asia’s most attacked nation in cyberspace — expert

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By Chito Chavez

An international digital technology expert said the Philippines is the most attacked country in cyberspace in Southeast Asia and among the top in the world.

However, Filipinos are quite not ready for the cyber security threats as other foreign nationals with the country ranking 37th out of 193 countries in the recent global security index report on cyber security preparedness.

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Digital technology expert Reynaldo Lugtu, member of the Advisory Board of Global Chamber Manila, said the Philippines ranked tenth as most “cyber attacked” countries in the world and the most attacked among countries in Southeast Asia.

Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed that the Philippines is the tenth most attacked country worldwide in the internet.

The list enumerated Canada as the most attacked followed by India, United Kingdom, Australia, France, 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.

But Lugtu pointed out that the behavior of Filipinos makes 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.

However Lugtu said attackers know that most Filipinos are not very vigilant and unaware of these problems citing the lack of information on the dangers lurking online as emails and click links are easily opened without knowing the risks.

This is the reason why his organization, the Global Chamber Manila, has organized a one-day convention called A Forum on Cyber Security and the Internet of Things on January 31 at Enderun College in McKinley Hill, Taguig City to make people aware of the dangers in the internet.

Colin Christie, executive director of Global Chamber Manila said the forum will be topbilled by cyber security expert Marc Goodman, author of the best-selling book “Future Crimes.”

He will discuss the many 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 past 20 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.

Christie added that expected to attend the event are more than 250 representatives from both the public and private sector , including government officials and members of the academe.

“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.

Global Chamber Manila is a thriving community of CEOs, executives, professionals and students in over 500 metropolitan areas around the world. We leverage technology and utilize our collective networks worldwide to help member companies grow by reducing risks, become more productive and succeed faster.

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