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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa at the National Summit on Cybercrime


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As part of the 4th founding anniversary of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Unit, the PNP held activities aimed to strengthen cyber-security as it secures the nation's digital transformation to eCommerce, like the National Summit on Cybercrime which was held on March 21 to 22, 2017 at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center located in Camp Crame of Quezon City.

No less than PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa was the guest of honor who gave an inspirational message to the attendees composed mostly of government officials. He was introduced by PSSupt. Marni C. Marcos Jr., the Acting Director of the PNP.

PSsut. Ronaldo F. De Jesus, Deputy Director of PNP ACG, gave the opening remarks, while Mr. Joey Regala, Chairman of the ACG Advisory Council, gave the congratulatory message.

We have a video coverage containing Dela Rosa's full talk, as well as the others, so please do watch it below or from our YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/wazzuppilipinas

Statistics show that there are 556 million cybercrime victims annually, 1.5 million victims per day and 18 victims per second.

The PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group was established as an independent unit from Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on 2013. It recognizes the importance of public awareness on cyber crimes, cyber security and how do government all around the world respond to the increasing cyber threats in the Philippine cyberspace and how to combat it.




The PNP warned the public about a new type of cybercrime targeting laptop and mobile-phone users. They discussed the details of the so-called "ransomware" which I was actually a victim. This resulted to all my documents (files and photos) inaccessible as they become encrypted, and the only way to retrieve them is if you pay the ransomware so they can send you the password to decrypt them. Unfortunately, even my contacts from leading security firms said my data is irretrievable using other methods. So it's either pay the ransom or accept the fact that I lost all my data. I chose the latter. It hurt me a bit because I lost a lot of my important files and photos but I didn't want the cyber-criminal to win by paying up.

Cyber experts also say people become targets because of how they handle their digital life. They advise the public to create strong passwords and to change them every 90 days, avoiding the use of names and birthdays.

The security experts from companies like Fortinet, ePLDT, Solid Business Machines, Globe Business, Dimension Data, Microsoft, BSP, PBCOM and RCBC, as well as government agencies like AMLC, FBI, DOJ, US Embassy, and NPC, also shared their technical expertise and insights on many other topics all related to cybersecurity.


Here are cybersecurity expert Ruben Martin Mondejar Jr's tips to protect your data from being breached:

1. Monitor credit card statements weekly and look for any questionable activity.
2. Create strong passwords and change every 90 days, avoid using your name, initials and birthdays.
3. Check for secure, wireless connections when working on public places such as the coffee shop while keeping an eye on phishing emails.
4. Lock your laptop and other devices when shopping online, share only personal information on credible websites and look for https at the beginning of the web address.
5. Use identity protection software and services.
6. Request for a copy of your credit reports to monitor activity.
7. Copy important file in another hard disk or external hard drive, stored in a safe place. If your computer is compromised, you still have access to your personal files.

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