Philippines urges hospitals to guard against cyberattacks

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 08:48 AM

Health workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic are shuttled on buses in Manila. Charlie Villegas, Office of the Vice President, handout/file

MANILA -- The Philippines' cybersecurity arm on Tuesday urged hospitals to put in place emergency backup systems to guard against cyberattacks that take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Computer Emergency Response Team cited a cyberattack that forced a tech shutdown of a hospital in the Czech Republic, as reported by Healthcare IT News UK.

"To prevent similar incidents, the Cybersecurity Bureau of the DICT urges hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide to employ emergency backup systems to ensure operational continuity for both databases and infrastructure in case of outages caused by malware or cyberattacks," the NCert said.

The NCert, an agency under the Department of Information and Communications Technology, urged the public to report internet security incidents to its Facebook page, email [email protected], mobile numbers 09214942917 (Smart), 09561542042 (Globe) and landline (02) 8920-0101 local 1708