ePLDT Philippines Pioneer in ‘FIRST’

“We at ePLDT are proud to become the first and only organization in the Philippines to be part of such a prestigious global organization.

— Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT president & CEO and SVP & head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.

Media Release:

THE Philippines through ePLDT Inc. has landed in the record books on cyber security.

Here’s the story as sent to SDN — Science & Digital News.

MANILA — ePLDT Inc., the country’s leading enabler of digital solutions, officially became the first and only Philippine organizational member of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST).

With this pioneering membership in FIRST, a global leader in incident response, the ePLDT’s cybersecurity capabilities have been strengthened, enabling it to respond better to security incidents.

FIRST is the premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response. ePLDT Cybersecurity became a certified FIRST member in February after undergoing a rigorous process of application, including sponsorship from existing members, site visits to ePLDT’s Security Operations Center (SOC) for the review of its cyber threat response capabilities, and board approval.

ePLDT’s FIRST membership improves and augments its existing cybersecurity capabilities to respond to cyberattacks. More so, being a FIRST member enables ePLDT to share knowledge among similar cybersecurity organizations around the world, boosting collaboration and improving communication with their security teams, including collecting feedback, exchanging ideas and sharing best practices. In the same way, ePLDT will also be sharing its own experiences in dealing with threats in the Philippine context.

“We at ePLDT are proud to become the first and only organization in the Philippines to be part of such a prestigious global organization. This is a testament to our unwavering commitment to improve our capabilities and in turn support our customers,” says Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT president & CEO and SVP & head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.

“By expanding our cybersecurity capabilities and network, we are better able to safeguard organizations against today’s increasing cyber threats.”

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ePLDT delivers best-in-class cybersecurity services and solutions that allow local businesses to redefine their cyber defenses against a wide range of cyber threats. With its official affiliation with FIRST, ePLDT stays up-to-date with the latest cybersecurity news and use cases affecting enterprises — enabling them to effectively prepare customers for possible incidents.

Angel Redoble, first vice president & chief information security officer (CISO) of ePLDT Group, PLDT Group & Smart, adds that “our FIRST membership greatly scales up ePLDT’s expertise and capabilities in cybersecurity. This bolsters our portfolio and strengthens ePLDT’s Security Operations Center in monitoring and responding to cyber threats, allowing our customers to get the best cybersecurity service in the country.”

Redoble also underlined that joining hands with FIRST will also elevate both the ePLDT and PLDT Group’s security practices — allowing them to pioneer the use of global best practices within their organization.

FIRST brings together a variety of computer security incident response teams from government, commercial, and educational organizations. It aims to foster cooperation and coordination in incident prevention, to stimulate rapid reaction to incidents, and to promote information sharing among members and the community at large. (PLDT)

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Featured logo of FIRST from its website.

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