PH Army strengthens cyber defense with the help of USARPAC

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CYBER-SECURITY. The Philippine Army (PA) and U.S. Army Pacific Cyber ​​Workforce attend the opening ceremony of the PA-USARPAC Cybersecurity Experts Exchange (SMEE) at the Pavilion of Philippine Army officers, at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, May 30, 2022. The cybersecurity SMEE will be done through lectures, demonstrations of various cyber tools, as well as practical exercises. (Photo courtesy of PA)

MANILA – The Philippine Army (PA) builds its cybersecurity and defense capabilities during a five-day Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) with its counterpart in the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC).

Army Spokesman Col. Xerxes Trinidad on Wednesday said five-day SMEE cyber operations focus areas in the coalition environment, defensive cyber operations doctrine, cyber defense tools and weapons doctrine. active defense operations, among others.
“Cybersecurity SMEE will be conducted through lectures, demonstrations of various cyber tools, as well as hands-on exercises,” he said.

Trinidad said the event is currently taking place at the PA Officers Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio from May 31 to June 4. It aims to develop PA cyber capabilities and skills in conducting “defensive cyber operations and active defense operations”.

He said that this SMEE was part of the actions agreed in the five-year commitment plan of the two armies.

“Subject matter experts from both militaries will lead the activity through lectures, demonstrations of various cyber tools and hands-on exercises. The Philippines along with five USARPAC personnel will participate in the planned PMEEs,” he added.

Meanwhile, PA Chief Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr. said the bilateral activity will help bolster the military’s cyber defense capabilities through the development of skills and abilities of the military. army cyber workforce.

He said developing a credible and responsive defense posture that could effectively rapidly evolve threats “now involves the continuous improvement of the Palestinian Authority’s cyber capabilities.” (NAP)

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