Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in the Post-Pandemic World
By Mylene I. Samonte
Last March 16, 2021, I attended the webinar hosted by the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) with an end goal in mind: to learn and to share the knowledge with my organization.
The line-up of speakers, namely Dr. Ivy Patdu, Former Deputy Commissioner of the National Privacy Commission, and Joseph Felix “Milo” Pacamarra, Co-Founder and CEO of Cyber Security Philippines-CERT presented and loaded the attendees with tons of information about the subject matter.
Data Privacy and the “New Normal” was tackled first by Dr. Patdu. She mentioned how the COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking digital transformation in companies such as remote learning, virtual events, technology, working from home, and telehealth to name a few. Free flow of information/data is evident and the Data Privacy Act of 2012 is best positioned to uphold everyone’s right.
Below are just some of the highlights from Dr. Patdu’s talk.
The Data Privacy Act applies to the processing of personal data by any natural and juridical person in the government or private sector. It is basically the end-to-end process from collection to disposal of data such as personal sensitive persona and privileged information.
The General Data Privacy Principles:
- Transparency — keep the data subject informed that information is being processed
- Legitimate Purpose — basis for processing of information
- Proportionality — collect only information needed, data not stored forever and deleted in a secure manner
Data Privacy is not just the responsibility of the Data Privacy Officer (DPO). The DPO needs support from the organization to ensure proper rollout and success of the Data Privacy Program.
Data protection also applies to a work-from-home arrangement, making it relevant given the unprecedented situation we are all in.
Data Privacy by Design should be:
- Proactive not Reactive
- Privacy as Default
- Privacy Embedded into Design
- Full Responsibility
- End to End Security
- Visibility and Transparency
- User Centric
So what are the rights of the data subject? These touch on from notice, access, to complaint.
The Ethical Use of Personal Data and Accountability would result in increased benefits and lessened harm to everyone especially the data subject.
And to complement the earlier talk by Dr. Patdu, Milo Pacamarra enthusiastically discussed Cyber Security and Data Privacy in the Post-Pandemic World.
Here are just some of the interesting information shared by the speaker:
Cyber security is a military doctrine.
Since we are now digitally connected, it is considered as the battle space/target of the Attacker.
Attackers are Goal-Oriented Persons. They have a mindset to consider such as:
20–70% Control of Network and Apps
20%-70% Breach and Data Extraction
100% Deletion of Database
100% Encryption of Your Network
Isn’t that scary?
To make it relevant at this time of the pandemic, Milo showed the Pandemic Related Applications.
The speaker also spelled out what Personal Data and Organization should do. It is cyber security encompassing the Data Privacy Act in support of the earlier presentation about Data Privacy.
To end his note, Milo shared that an organization must invest in people and infrastructure to help address cyber security. And the truth of the matter is that we are all not ready for cyber security and not all is 100% secured. Thus, his piece of advice to the attendees of the webinar is to keep themselves updated.
So much was covered and hard to digest for an hour and a half webinar. And with that, I remember attending sessions/workshops on Data Privacy at John Clements in 2018. And given the talks done by Dr. Patdu and Milo, it is good to hear and refresh myself on this topic and most importantly, apply what is relevant in my day-to-day work and in my personal life as well. At this time of the pandemic, we all need to be mindful, especially when it comes to handling one’s data and information. It is better to be safe than sorry, after all.
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About the author:
Mylene Samonte is currently the Senior Supervising Implementation Consultant of John Clements Consultants Leadership Institute (JCLI). Mylene is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Management major in Human Resources Management, and has a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management from De La Salle — College of Saint Benilde.