DICT unit to launch own probe on passport data incident

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2019 06:52 PM

MANILA - The Department of Information Technology and Communications' (DICT) CyberSecurity Bureau on Monday said it would conduct its own investigation into the Department of Foreign Affair's (DFA) passport data incident.

In a statement, the bureau said the government has identified 12 Critical Information Infrastructure (CII), including the Department of Foreign Affairs, which are all mandated to adhere to cybersecurity standards set by the DICT. 

This will ensure that consumers' data are secure and are being used for their specific purposes, the statement said.

"If your organization is identified as one of the Philippines' 12 CIIs, make sure you are fully aware of your cybersecurity responsibilities," DICT Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Enabling Technologies Allan Cabanlong said.

Government agencies are also encouraged to abide by the guidelines set by the DICT to better identify threats to data assets and to reduce risk exposure significantly, the agency said. 

The National Privacy Commission on Monday said there was no immediate proof of data breach relating to the reported loss of passport data.

On Saturday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said some Filipinos renewing their passports may have to present their birth certificates as an additional requirement after a terminated contractor "made off with" passport production data.

-- with a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News