Philippines ranks 4th in the world with most web threats – Manila Bulletin


In a global ranking where the lower the number, the bigger the problems for a country, the Philippines ranked 4th with the highest number of web threats ranging from web attacks, remote desktop protocol attacks ( RDP) and mobile malware in 2021 according to Kaspersky. Data from the last five (05) years shows that end users in the country, and elsewhere in the world, are facing an increasing number of web threats with some 14 million of these threats detected by their users’ Kaspersky products in the Philippines. for the first half of 2022 only.

According to Kaspersky, the unique cybersecurity landscape in the Philippines and the way it handles cyberattacks are signs that the country is now in the middle stage of cybersecurity readiness. Mid-tier countries are those that have identified cyberattacks as areas they need to address and have attempted to make inroads. The objective is to bring the country to the advanced stage where we hope to see it do more in terms of development,

“Looking at the unique cybersecurity landscape in the Philippines and how it handles cyberattacks, it appears that the country is now in the middle stage of cybersecurity readiness. Mid-tier countries are those that have identified cyberattacks as areas they need to address and have attempted to make inroads. The goal is to take the country to the advanced stage where we hope to see it do more in terms of development,” according to Genie Gan, public affairs and government relations manager for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, the Turkey and Africa at Kaspersky. during an in-person press conference in Makati City held on July 6, 2022 – a first in the Philippines for the multinational cybersecurity company since the onset of the ongoing pandemic.

Data from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) shows that web threat attempts against Filipino users of Kaspersky software increased by 432.75%, from 9,487,775 in 2017 to 50,544,908 in 2021. pandemic to remote work, the total number of RDP attacks against local businesses increased by 141% from 2019 (2,549,698) to 2021 (6,150,891). RDP allows computers running Windows on the same corporate network to be linked together and accessible remotely, even when employees are at home.

Mobile malware attacks may have dropped sharply by 69% in the Philippines between 2019 and 2021, but according to Kaspersky, there are indications that trojans are being injected into third-party ad modules and new trojans are discovered, proof that cybercriminals have become creative and sophisticated. in their approach.

Kaspersky executives urge the Philippine government to work with its neighbors and private companies to further strengthen its cyber resilience, even though some cybersecurity legal policies and regulatory frameworks may already be in place, made the following recommendations:

  1. Continuous promotion of security awareness and digital education for its more than 76 million users;
  2. Develop its talent pool in cybersecurity;
  3. Public-private partnerships;
  4. Regional and international cooperation between countries and industries.

Gan added that while the cybersecurity landscape in the Philippines is distinct from the rest of the ESA, it is still interconnected with its regional neighbors in many ways, “That’s why we encourage government regulators to start strengthening their capacity building and their cooperation in cybersecurity efforts.These two are essentially the building blocks of cybersecurity.”

Based on Kaspersky’s experience, an effective formula includes constantly improving security awareness, to include engagement with the broader cybersecurity community and stakeholders, including cybersecurity vendors, to validate and verify the reliability of their products, internal processes and activities – an important pillar owned by Kaspersky and implemented as part of its pioneering Global Transparency Initiative (GTI).

One of the cornerstones of the GTI included the opening of a network of Transparency Centers in Zurich (Switzerland), Madrid (Spain), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), São Paulo (Brazil), Singapore, Tokyo (Japan) and Woburn, Massachusetts (the United States). This global network of Transparency Centers serves as facilities for trusted partners and government stakeholders responsible for cybersecurity to review company code, software updates and threat detection policies. Transparency Centers are fully operational and available for onsite (physical) and remote access.

With guidance from the company’s experts, visitors to the Transparency Center can conduct transparency review sessions in three different modes:

  • Blue Piste – an overview of Kaspersky’s security and transparency best practices and product portfolio.
  • Red Piste – a review of the most critical parts of Kaspersky’s source code by a customer or regulatory stakeholder.
  • Black Piste – the deepest and most comprehensive examination of the most critical parts of Kaspersky’s source code.

The GTI also paved the way for the creation of the Kaspersky Cyber ​​Capacity Building Program to help government organizations, universities and businesses around the world develop mechanisms and skills for the security assessment of ICT products. that they use. Requesting access is as easy as emailing [email protected]

Kaspersky also noted that countries like the Philippines continuously promote professional training and enhanced collaboration to support incident response capabilities and ensure the safety and well-being of their citizens.

“Cyber ​​threats are here to stay as they parallel the digitization drive in the Philippines. A latest study even predicted a digital economy of five trillion pesos in 2030, a huge opportunity that will materialize better if digitization efforts rely on Trusted and transparent cybersecurity foundations Organizations, industries and governments will always be lucrative targets for cybercriminals, but through collaborative multi-stakeholder efforts, we can explore strategies and expand our cybersecurity implementation as we go. that we are building our confidence in technology. When a country achieves cyber resilience, the digital future no longer becomes a scary and unknown realm, but a place of endless growth opportunities,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, Managing Director for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.

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