VP Binay outlines principles vs cyber threats

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Wednesday laid out four “fundamental principles” to build the best defenses against “increasing intensity and sophistication of threats in cyber space.”

Speaking at the [email protected] cyber security conference, Binay said first, effective participation in international collaboration for cyber security starts with a domestic policy platform.

“Considering the transnational nature of cybercrime, let us build more proactive cyber security agreements that will permit our country’s friends to become more active partners in apprehending and prosecuting offending parties,” he said.

Second, the Vice President said there should be a common set of norms to ensure the rule of laws in cyberspace.

“Just as all democratic nations subscribe to laws, rules and agreements that promote harmony among states, it would be timely if a corresponding code can be crafted and agreed to by the Free World,” he said.

“We have all come to regard cyber security as a national security issue. Let us take this one bold step further by renouncing cyber warfare as a means of national policy,” he added.

Third, Binay said cooperation should not just take place between nations but also across sectors and institutions.

“Governance of cyberspace should not be limited to governments alone, but should also involve relevant stakeholders,” he said.

“No single agency has the mandate or the capability to match the breadth and depth of the challenge. Accordingly, ensuring cyber security must be a collaborative endeavor between a broad spectrum of actors from across the various sectors of society,” he added.

Finally, the Vice President said policies should have enough flexibility and responsiveness given the fluidity of cyber security and the continuous evolution of technology.

He then urged the participants of the conference to aid “legislators in crafting policies that will preserve and even bolster the power of cyberspace as an engine of economic growth and a platform upon which developing nations can over-come poverty and similar hurdles.”#