DOJ activates cyber security team to battle hacking, cyber-attacks

The Department of Justice today took a step towards greater protection of government data in cyberspace with the constitution of its first Cyber Security Incident Response Team or the CSIRT.

"With the rising dependence of transportation, utilities and other critical infrastructure on information and technology, there is a consequent vulnerability that we need to address," said Secretary of Justice Leila M. De Lima. "Cyber threats must be dealt with preventively and proactively," she said.

DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima

Department Order No. 526 sets up a multi-disciplinary group covering relevant offices under the Department and is headed by the DOJ Chief Information Officer (CIO).

"This is aligned with the National Security Policy (NSP) of government. Hackings and cyber-attacks in many forms are occurring. The DOJ-CSIRT will mitigate the risks against, the integrity of government data," said Assistant Secretary Geronimo L. Sy, designated Chair of the CSIRT and head of the Office of Cybercrime.

Guidelines, advisories, and procedures to ensure proper coordination among DOJ agencies and other justice stakeholders. will be the first priority. Private sector groups may be consulted and engaged for effective collaboration.

Relatedly, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act was endorsed to the Secretaries of Interior and Local Government, and Science and Technology. The issuance of the IRR is expected to bolster the cyber-capacity of government and to provide better protection to business and industry specially the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies.

Source: Deparment of Justice