LUMAGDA ang Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) at ang Department of Justice (DOJ) sa isang kasunduan para magtulungan sa pagsugpo sa cybercrimes sa bansa.
Nilagdaan nina BAP president Jose Arnulfo Veloso at Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ang memorandum of understanding (MOU) sa isang virtual ceremony kahapon.
Sa ilalim ng kasunduan, ang BAP ay mag-oorganisa ng public awareness information campaigns, events, at activities, kabilang ang free learning sessions, kasama ang DOJ upang magbahagi ng mga pananaw sa pinakabagong trends at kaganapan sa cybersecurity.
“Today’s signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Bankers Association of the Philippines and the Department of Justice represents the strengthening of the partnership between our two institutions in promoting cybersecurity,” sabi ni Veloso sa signing ceremony.
“It is, in its intent and purposes, an alliance between an entire industry and the government in the common goal of protecting the banking public in cyberspace,” dagdag pa ng BAP chief.
Sa kanyang panig ay sinabi ni Guevarra na ang MOU sa pagitan ng DOJ at ng BAP “will establish a solid framework and promote a genuine atmosphere of collaboration and alliance through an effective and efficient partnership meant to at least minimize, if not totally prevent, cybercrime and cyber-related offenses nationwide.”
“Through this MOU, both parties are assured to be kept abreast of the latest developments in cybersecurity to better protect the banking industry and the general public from fraudulent activities in cyberspace. This, we believe, will help strengthen the banking industry’s resilience and the government’s capability to protect the public against cyber attacks,” ani Guevarra.
Tinukoy ang report ng Cybersecurity Committee ng BAP, sinabi ni Guevarra na umabot sa P1 billion ang nawala sa unauthorized withdrawals at illegal transfers sa panahon ng pandemya.
“It is a well-known fact that incidents of cybercrime increase significantly during the pandemic, especially for financial-related cybercrimes, such as online fraud and phishing emails,” ayon sa kalihim.
Ang kasunduan sa pagitan ng dalawang partido ay naglalayong palakasin ang cyber-resilience ng banking industry at makabuo ng collaborative partnership sa DOJ upang makamit ang “collective, coordinated, at strategic cyber response sa pamamagitan ng information sharing at collaboration.”
“The most effective deterrent against cybercrimes is a no-holds bar enforcement and prosecution that will put these cybercriminals in jail for good. The BAP and DOJ are unified in this mission,” ani Veloso.