October 10, 2023

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ASI conducts tech update seminar on Cyber Security

Advance Solutions Inc (ASI) conducted a tech update seminar on Cyber Resiliency and Security on September 13, 2023 at Seda Vertis North in Quezon City. The seminar, entitled “Innovations on Cyber Security 2023” was held in cooperation with HP Philippines, Microsoft, and Intel. The aim was to update ASI’s stakeholders in the government sector on the current technology trends.

In today’s connected world, everyone benefits from advanced cyber defense programs. A cyber security attack can result in everything from identity theft, to extortion attempts, to the loss of important data like family photos. Everyone relies on critical infrastructure like power plants, hospitals, and financial service companies. Securing these and other organizations is essential to keeping our society functioning.

During the first part of the program, the following brand partners of ASI presented a thorough discussion on the subject matter of cyber security:

IT Modernization starts with Intel Innovation

Intel Philippines’ Wendy Gurra, an Industry Technical Specialist, presented the VProplatform which featured the Multilayer Security of its Hardware Shield including: Advance threat protections; Application & data protections; and Below-the-OS security.

Microsoft's Bitlocker

Microsoft Philippines represented by Device Marketing Manager Eric Bordeos informed the audience about Bitlocker — a Windows disk encryption feature, designed to protect data by providing encryption for entire volumes. BitLocker addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned devices.

Furthermore, its Windows 11 Pro has Application safeguards for its new set of security features namely:

  • Smart App Control which enables SMBs to give employees flexibility to choose their own applications, while maintaining tight security
  • Help prevent unwanted code from running with Windows Defender Application Control.
  • Microsoft Defender Application Guard protects systems from untrusted websites and files by running them in virtual containers.

HP Wolf Security

Don Malilin, HP Global Pre-sales Technical Consultant for Personal systems at HP Philippines introduced the HP Wolf Security touted as a new breed of endpoint security. HP’s portfolio of hardware-enforced security and endpoint-focused security services are designed to help organizations safeguard PCs, printers, and people from circling cyber predators. HP Wolf Security provides comprehensive endpoint protection and resiliency that starts at the hardware level and extends across software and services. HP Wolf Security’s mission critical capabilities include the following:

  • Threat containment which involves CPU-enforced malware prevention that stops phishing and ransomware attacks, while reducing overall alert volume.
  • Lost or stolen hardware which remotely locate, lock, and wipe a lost or stolen PC. HP Protect and Trace2 protects data, reduces operational burden, and can eliminate breach notifications.
  • Printer resiliency which continually monitors device for anomalous behavior and self-heals.

HPE Aruba Networking ESP

Aruba Networks’ Marie Mercado, Network Solutions Engineer in the company, presented the ESP’s PROTECT layer which combined the SD-Branch and SD-WAN capabilities with best of breed SSE (secure service edge) providers (such as Zscaler and Netskope) provide a broader based SASE (secure access service edge) architecture to secure users, data, and applications that connect directly with the internet and cloud.

 

The second part of the program was equally interesting as ASI was able to gather two prolific advocates of cyber security, Art Samaniego and Jocel de Guzman, in the panel discussion segment. Art is Technology Editor and ICT Head Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation while Jocel is Founder and Co- Lead Convenor of Scam Watch Pilipinas.

Scam Watch Pilipinas offers public services to educate and guide users of gadgets and platform on information technology to enable them to safely navigate the internet highway. Having worked in the past with Globe Telecom, De Guzman has co-founded this advocacy group along with Art Samaniego.

During the discussion, Art said: “We need to just follow best practices: Strong password, authentication, not sharing of personally identifiable information. We don’t need to be the most high-tech person to protect ourselves.” He emphasized the need to educate all employees of any company or organization about cyber security because he believes it’s the only way to put a stop to incidences of cyber crimes in the workplace.

Meanwhile, Jocel shared that there are only 4 things to remember to protect us from cyber crimes/scam:

1. Magdamot – “Huwag tayu mamigay ng pera sa hindi natin kakilala using online means.”

2. Magduda – “Kapag may offer na too good to be true, lalago yung pera mo ng 100-200%, mag-isip at magduda na.”

3. Mang-snob – “Ito anti-phising ‘to. Kung alam mu na wala kang pagkukulang dun sa utility, bangko o sinu man, isnabin yung mga suspicious emails.”

4. Magsumbong – “I-report yung number, email, website, Facebook page by calling the hotline 1-3-2-6 of the National Cyber Crime Hub. Pwede rin pumunta sa Facebook page ng Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) at mag-message para i-report yung URL, number, screenshot.”

He said that it is important to report the information because the government is now collecting data in order to do digital forensic. He also said that because many scam victims have reported at 1-3-2-6, authorities were able to raid a POGO office in Pasay City which was said to be conducting scam activities.

The whole day event was capped with a Q&A portion, where participants had the chance to interact with the guest panelists. The audience also had fun participating in games and in winning prizes in the raffle draws. But most of all, the event has brought a wealth of knowledge about the timely topic of cyber security.

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