PA, USARPAC bolster cybersecurity capabilities

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The Philippine Army (PA) and the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) kicked-off the five-day PA-USARPAC Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) at the Philippine Army Officers’ Clubhouse, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila on May 30, 2022.

The five-day bilateral activity, scheduled from May 31 to June 4, 2022, is geared at developing PA’s cyber-capabilities and competencies in conducting defensive cyber-operations and active defense operations.

The activity is part of the agreed-to-actions in the five-year engagement plan of both armies. Subject matter experts from both armies will conduct the activity through lectures, demonstration of various cybertools, and hands-on practical exercises. A total of 60 PA cyberworkforce and two personnel from the Communications, Electronics and Information Systems Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CEISSAFP) as well as five USARPAC personnel will take part in the scheduled SMEEs.

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., in a statement, said that the bilateral activity will help fortify the Army’s cyberdefense capabilities through the development of competencies and skills of PA’s cyber workforce.

The Army Chief stressed that developing a credible and responsive defense posture that could effectively fast-evolving threats now entails the continuous enhancement of PA’s cyber-related capabilities. — PA

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