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The Urgency of Improving Cybersecurity in the Philippines
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The Urgency of Improving Cybersecurity in the Philippines

In this episode of the Explain Why Podcast, Miko Santos discusses the importance of data in the fourth industrial revolution. He emphasizes the need to treat data as valuable and use it responsibly.

While younger generations may be more attuned to the data landscape, there is still a lot of education and realigning to be done, especially among senior citizens and boomers.

Data breaches and cybersecurity are pressing issues in the Philippines. This episode discusses various incidents of data breaches and cyberattacks that have occurred in the country. One particularly significant breach highlighted is the PhilHealth breach, which involved the data of the entire country.

However, it is important to note that these types of attacks happen daily, with many going unreported. Therefore, urgent investment in cybersecurity, both in terms of technology and skilled professionals, is emphasized.

The Philippines is ranked among the top countries targeted by hackers, both locally and internationally. Another example of the ongoing cyber threats faced by the country is the recent hacking of the Philippine Congress website. Overall, the episode underscores the increasing frequency and severity of data breaches and cyberattacks, emphasizing the need to improve and secure cybersecurity in the Philippines.

The episode also delves into the topic of data breaches and cybersecurity in the Philippines, where the country ranks 20 out of 161 countries. Tune in for an enlightening conversation on data literacy, ethics, and social impact.

If you want to chat more about this topic, I would love to continue this conversation with you, over twitter @realmikosantos!


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In this episode, we cover:

  • [00:00:14] The fourth industrial revolution.

  • [00:05:20] Cybersecurity threats in the Philippines.

  • [00:11:10] Personally identifiable information leakage.

  • [00:15:30] Proactive cybersecurity policies.

  • [00:19:23] Cybersecurity and business permits.

  • [00:24:36] Social problems are data problems.

  • [00:28:00] Cybersecurity and cultural change.

  • [00:34:07] Outdated government website vulnerabilities.

  • [00:37:09] Importance of data awareness.

  • [00:42:00] Regulating AI and cybercrime.

  • [00:47:33] Data breaches and citizen privacy.

About the Guest:

Dominic “Doc” Ligot is Data analyst, researcher, software developer, entrepreneur and technologist. Advocate for data literacy, AI ethics, data ethics and social impact from data.

His current work focuses on human rights, public health, food security, political risk and fighting disinformation and infodemics through the use of computational social science, social listening, remote sensing, artificial intelligence and data engineering.

Founder of CirroLytix, a social impact AI company, and Data Ethics PH, an online community focused on social issues such as data privacy, data security, AI-driven discrimination, data liabilities, data ownership rights, and data poverty. Three-time global winner of the NASA and ESA International Space Apps Challenges, his team's award winning dengue surveillance application, AEDES, has been backed by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) and the UNICEF Innovation Fund.

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