Philippine Army beefs up cybersecurity capability with help of USARPAC

2023 May 25

MANILA – The Philippine Army (PA) is now beefing up its cybersecurity capabilities with the help of the US Army Pacific (USARPAC).

Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad, in a statement Wednesday night, said the PA and USARPAC kicked off their five-day cybersecurity subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) at the PA headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila on Tuesday.

“The five-day activity, scheduled from May 22 to May 26, 2023, is a continuing effort of PA in enhancing the capabilities and competencies of the PA Cyber Workforce on incident response, mitigation, and active defense operations,” he added.

Five US SMEE and around 56 PA workforce as well as cyber security incident response teams (CSIRTs) of PA major units in Luzon are participating in the activities.

“Both armies will conduct the activity through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstration of various cyber tools, and cyber exercises focusing on cyber intelligence, TTPs (tactics, techniques and procedures), Best Practices of Regional Cyberspace Center Pacific (RCCP), DOTMPLF for Cyber Security Operations Center development, Recovery Planning and Incident Response, Network Resilience, Expeditionary Cyber Forces, and Electronic Warfare,” Trinidad said.

Priam Nepomuceno (PNA)