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McAfee sets anti-cybercrime plan for Southeast Asia's least cyber mature country

By Ciara Alarcon - on 27 May 2017, 6:17am

McAfee sets anti-cybercrime plan for Southeast Asia's least cyber mature country

In cooperation with Wordtext Systems Inc. (WSI), McAfee shared its plans to bring its expertise in the latest cyberwarfare to the country. Another objecctive of the strategy is to strengthen the local industry's collaboration in order to bridge the gap in the lack of cybersecurity talents in the Philippines.

According to the 2016 report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Philippines is the least “cyber mature” country in Southeast Asia.  The study also shows that industry professionals were less prepared to tackle cybersecurity issues than in the past one-year period. Having 47 million Internet users, it claimed that organizations in the country will only grow to face rising challenges in managing high volume and complex cyber risks.

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To address the growing demand in cybersecurity, McAfee announced that it will strengthen its efforts and deepen partnerships with leading distributors such as WSI. Teaming up with its local partners, McAfee will increase its engagement with law enforcement and academia to take down criminal networks as well as knowing new ways to fight cybercrimes. McAfee also noted its plan to recruit young people to join the cybersecurity industry.

“The Philippines is still plagued with a shortage of cybersecurity talents and increasing cybercrime incidents. To combat this challenge, organizations must adopt an integrated, multi-layer platform that allows businesses to seamlessly gain "intelligence" from every security technology available. With that, they will then be able to build their own local threat intelligence and create an IT environment that uses automated processes to handle security operational tasks,” Daryush Ashjari, Head of Presales McAfee Asia Pacific, said.