Army strengthens cyber defense capabilities

The Philippine Army continues to strengthen its cyber defense capabilities during the conduct of 2nd Gat Andres Bonifacio Colloquium on Monday, Oct. 14.

With the theme, “Building Resilience in the Age of Disruption: Strengthening the Army’s Cyber Defense Capabilities,” the activity aimed to broaden Army’s knowledge and strategies in addressing the challenges of hybrid threats.

“The problem is more on the [human] attacker side because the malware is just a tool. You cannot invest in technology alone, you need people. Security is a process and not a product,” said subject matter expert speaker and Army Reservist Lt. Col. Roland J. Ong who is a Territory Manager and Solutions Consultant in a cybersecurity firm that responds to cyber breach worldwide.

The forum provided Army leaders and other participating units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines an in-depth discussion on the latest developments and threats in cybersecurity. Other key speakers also discussed the significant approaches that will fortify the Army’s cyber capabilities through the utilization of the country’s cyber competencies.

Guest of Honor and Speaker, Chief of Installation and Management Command Maj. Gen. Tyne T. Bañas emphasized that “the continuous enhancement of our [Army’s] cyber-related capabilities is now an integral part of developing a responsive defense posture that can effectively address fast-evolving threats.” He also highlighted the importance of such operations in countering the spread of violent extremism narratives in the cyber domain.

The event is the second of the three-part series colloquium that provides extensive discourse anchored on the topics of the 12th Senior Leaders Conference. The first leg was launched last July that tackled Army’s strategic communication of effective messaging in the era of disinformation and fake news. The last part of the colloquium is set to take place before the year ends.

“We must build up our ability to address and undermine cyber-related threats. May the insights of today fortify our capacity to operate and prevail in cyberspace, as part of our mandate to serve the people and secure the land,” added Bañas. PHILIPPINE ARMY