Czech Republic imparts cyber security expertise

THE world will have to form a united front to fight the huge threat brought about by international cybercrimes.

In her remarks during the recent “Czech Connect 2022: Exploring Cyberspace through International and Local Lenses” hybrid conference, Ambassador Jana Šedivá said that “given the interconnectedness of the communities in society and cyber space, the risks of digital threats affect everyone. Hence, there is no better way to solve the challenges in securing global cyber space than a concerted initiative.”

The gathering was participated by cyber security experts around the world who shared their technical and analytical know-how to combat the prevalent cyber threats related to education, foreign investments, ongoing geopolitical issues, and national security.

In his keynote speech, Secretary Ivan John Uy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology said the government is pushing hard to solve prevalent cyber challenges in the Philippines. One such is the CyberSafe.ph campaign.

He highlighted cyber security as one of the priorities of the current administration: “In this new reality, it is imperative that cyber security be given the same importance as personal security.”

Czech and Filipino cyber security experts were in agreement and highlighted the need for collaboration between the private sector and the government of countries to address such issues and prevent possible cyber aggressions.

Monika Kutějová from the National Cyber and Information Security Agency, with Ondřej Kopečný of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, remotely discussed means to address common and complex cyber challenges faced by the education sector and private sector, specifically in protecting the data of universities and screening activities of investors with malicious interests.

Meanwhile, Lito Averia of Secure Connections, which is a private coalition of stakeholders, discussed the lack of policies governing national cyber security, and possible ways to address them—including the passage of a legislative bill.

Christine Castillo, a research Officer at the National Defense College of the Philippines, further dwelled on the critical role of the Department of National Defense in strengthening national security and military systems to safeguard the country from cyber attacks.

The hybrid conference was organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic to support priorities of the Czech presidency of the European Union Council for collective action on securing cyber space. Special Envoy for Cyber Space and Director of the Cybersecurity Department of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs Richard Kadlčák graced the event directly from the Czech Republic.

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