DefconPH Beer Talk 1 and Defcon Philippines launching

Thank you to the event organizer, Maxtor, for the successful DEFCONPH Beer Talk 1 held in Handuraw Cafe, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City on December 20, 2008. Semprix and Maxtor are the founders of Defcon Philippines

DefconPH Beer Talk 1 Participants

On the same date, DEFCONPH (also written as Defcon) was officially launched. I commend DEFCONPH founders, Semprix and Maxtor for bringing Defcon to the Philippines and landmarking the face of information security in the Philippines.

DEFCONPH officially started on February 2008. DefconPH is a registered as Defcon International Group, DC6332.

DefconPH Beer Talk 1 was participated by 21 individuals who take role in IT security. The participants come from Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao which includes IT security personnel, Software Engineers, Technical Writers, Network Administrator, and IT students. During group discussions, most of the participants generously shared their knowlege and significant IT-security related experiences which add wealth to everyone present.

Defcon come its way at the height of information technology (IT) development in the Philippines.

In the Philippines, Information Technology (IT) industry is among the fastest growing. Cebu, being centrally located, becomes an ideal venue for information security convention.

During Defcon Beer Talk 1, the founders reveal the plan for the big convention (CON) on June 2009. The CON on June 2009 is a much-awaited event specifically dedicated to IT security. I expect hundreds of participants coming from corporate, institutional, and government sectors.  The academe and IT business stakeholders are also expected to take part on the convention.

Information security is everybody’s concern. However, this area is often overlooked not until the company or the organization experience the devastating and costly vulnerabilities or attacks.

Although, there is no such thing as 100% secure system or networks, there are many mitigating steps to help prevent and stop such IT security threats. Adequate knowledge, enough information, and broad understanding of IT system and securities can help mitigate the almost never-ending IT security issues.

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A Glance at Philippine IT Laws and Policy

We heavily invest on hardware and software, and to IT support personnel. But how do we deal with persons who initiate acts that compromise our IT infrastructure? How do we deal with persons who hack our system? How about those who spread malware like the “I love you” virus that heavily harm computer networks in the world? How about those who invade our intellectual property right?As much as there is a need to act on street crimes, there is also a great need to act on cybercrimes.

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IT Competitiveness of the Philippines

Out of 64 countries, the Philippines ranked 47th in Information Technology (IT) Industry Competitiveness Index for 2007.

This is the result of the study, The means to compete: Benchmarking IT industry competitiveness conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) sponsored by Business Software Alliance (BSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world.

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