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Addressing cybersecurity talent shortage in the Philippines

Adrian M. Reodique | Sept. 16, 2016
Would having an automated security platform be the answer?

Craig Nielsen, Managing Director of McAfee, and Daryush Ashjari, Vice President for Presales Engineering and Services at Intel in Asia Pacific. Photo by: Adrian M. Reodique 

Automated security platform can help businesses in the Philippines address the shortage of cybersecurity talents within their organisations, according to Intel.

Citing data from Sinag Solutions, Daryush Ashjari, Vice President for Presales Engineering and Services at Intel in Asia Pacific (APAC) said at a press conference that there are only 84 Filipinos who are Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), of which 40 are working overseas.

To worsen the situation, the number of cybercrime incidents in the country is on the rise.

Cybersecurity company, Trend Micro, reported that the number of cyberattacks in the Philippines has increased by 48 percent in the second quarter of this year, with banking and finance organisations most affected by the threats.

Malware is the top threat which affected users and organisations last quarter. "Malware infections affect all types of industry regardless of size, and are capable of gathering user names and passwords, such as online banking and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) credentials," said Myla Pilao, Marketing Director of Trend Micro Philippines, in a report by

With the shortage of cybersecurity talents and increasing cybercrime incidents in the Philippines, how can local organisations maximise their current skills to prevent and respond on cyber threats?

The answer may lie in automated security platforms.

According to Ashjari, an automated security platform works though deep integration within the system stack, across the IT environment using automated process to handle security operational tasks. This allows businesses to seamlessly gain "intelligence" from every security technology within their organisations without much help from the IT workforce.

For example, an anti-spam technology may learn different insights from spam messages such as its source, potential URL, or the IP address of the sender. These intelligences may then be useful to other parts of security architecture like the network security technology.

"Businesses gain global and local contextual visibility into environmental and behavioural changes across the threat landscape, leading to intelligence and actionable items protecting, detecting and corrective the IT architecture.  The combination of threat intelligence and risk management instantly blocks damaging attacks and enables you to adjust your security posture as risks change. This is a self-learning self-healing architecture," he explained.

Meanwhile, Ashjari said the core and enabler of an automated security platform is a connected and centralised architecture, which reduces the complexity and improves operational efficiency of the entire security infrastructure.

For businesses planning to adopt an automated security platform, Ashjari advised educating and ensuring that the IT staff clearly understand their roles in the overall security posture of the organisation.


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