DICT: Mechanisms in place to control cybersecurity risks

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — As more players get into the telecommunications industry, the government says it's tightening its cybersecurity measures.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' Business Roundup, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary says that the government has installed a cybersecurity intelligence platform.

"[J]ust this quarter we have now operationalized our cybersecurity intelligence platform where we have connected ten critical information infrastructure, government first. We are also saying that this Dito will be the first private [entity] to be connected to the cybersecurity platform," Rio said.

Dito Telecommunity, formerly known as the Mislatel Consortium, is the upcoming third major telecommunications company in the Philippines. It is targeting a 2020 rollout of its services. 

Concerns have been raised about Dito, however, due to state-owned China Telecom owning 40 percent of its voting shares.

Dito Telecommunity spokesperson Adel Tamano said that the company had to submit a cybersecurity plan to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) prior to bidding for the third telco slot.

"We had to submit a cybersecurity national security plan that was approved by the NTC, and that's how we're going to protect the public," Tamano said in the Business Roundup interview.

Rio added that the two major telco players in the Philippines, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, will also be placed under the government's cybersecurity intelligence platform.

"The Department would in fact now monitor all networks, not only the new third player but even Globe and Smart," Rio said.