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MMDA, CICC ink pact to boost cyber security

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) inked an agreement yesterday to boost cyber security measures.

MMDA Chairperson Romando Artes said the agreement “will aid in close collaboration, coordination, and effective joint action towards cybersecurity initiatives.”

The agency had earlier requested the CICC for technical assistance on the conduct of information communications technology security, cybercrime resilience, and data protection assessments of its critical information infrastructures.

“We are very thankful to the CICC for their assistance in ensuring that appropriate and effective cybercrime risk mitigation measures are in place,” Artes said.

He explained that cyber protection is vital to the MMDA, which handles large amounts of data such as apprehensions and video footage on major thoroughfares recorded via CCTVs along Metro Manila, among others.

“Our partnership with the CICC will aid in safeguarding these crucial data that we handle daily as we remain committed to our vision of a safe and livable metropolis,” Artes added.

Also under the agreement, the CICC shall allow authorized representatives of the MMDA to access their resources, technical expertise, and institutional/international linkage toward the fulfillment of the agency’s mandates.

Aside from the ICT security, cybercrime resilience, and data protection assessments of the MMDA’s cyber infrastructures, the CICC will likewise assist the agency in the pursuit of its key digitalization projects such as the revitalization of its Security Operations Center, among others, to ensure that cybersecurity and cybercrime risk mitigation are achieved.

The two agencies, according to Artes, will also share resources to enable a more effective implementation of their respective mandates.

The CICC is mandated to protect and secure the country through effective institutional programs and policy development to combat cybercrime, and promote cybercrime awareness, and institutionalize cybercrime prevention capacity build-up.