Bill seeks to protect firms from cyberattacks

May 21, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 90 views

A party-list lawmaker has filed a measure that aims to guard firms and agencies belonging banking, energy, health, and telecommunications – against cyberattacks and threats.

In filing House Bill No. 8199, otherwise known as the “Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Act.” (CIIPA), AGIMAT Party-list Rep. Bryan Revilla said that it is needed now more than ever, given that cyberattacks have been targeting critical information infrastructure (CII).
Data shows that we stand to lose P6.15 billion a day if all major CII operators were to encounter a cyberattack.

The bill directs covered firms – both public and private – to adopt minimum information security standards to protect their ICT systems. This should ensure the continued flow of goods and seamless delivery of government services to the people.

Other salient features of the measure include directing CII operators to designate an information security personnel and tasking them to report information security incidents to the National Computer Emergency Response Team.

“I call on my colleagues in the 19th Congress to expediently consider and approve this measure. Sa panahon ngayon, ang serbisyo publiko at hanapbuhay ng ating mga kababayan ay nakasalalay sa information security. Ipasa ang CIIPA para sumipa ang seguridad ng buhay at ari-arian ng mga Pilipino,” Revilla said.