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DICT rams up fight vs cybercrime

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) continues to focus its efforts to combat cybercrime, particularly in digital money transactions.

During the Philippine Economic Briefing on Aug. 9, DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy said they work extensively with different agencies to take down cybercriminals and money scammers, as they have become very active due to the rapid shift into digital wallets.

“We have been building up our cybersecurity and infrastructure and capabilities. We are doing extensive training through our cybersecurity professionals to rapidly increase our cyber-defense capabilities,” Uy said.

Uy said they have been upscaling their IT personnel currently working in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, particularly those fully trained in software engineering and call center. 

“We will introduce short courses of three to six months so that they become also cybersecurity knowledgeable. They will also definitely increase their value to the company and open up job opportunities for them,” Uy said. 

He also said they are employing courses on cyber-hygiene, a step that users of computers and other devices can take to improve their online security and maintain system health, sharing with the public some of the best practices on how to secure digital users when doing online transactions. 

The DICT is also collaborating with the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), and other law enforcement agencies, such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), in going after these syndicates and cybercriminals. 



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