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By adopting modern technologies, such as cloud data storage and application programming interfaces (APIs), to unlock and share their treasure troves of data, some government agencies are not only catching up with the private sector in terms of innovation, but also accelerating beyond it.
The Proliferation of Business Growth & Digitalization in The Philippines
The Philippines is sustaining robust economic growth, led by the business process management and health information technology industries.
In the context of the rapid growth of the digital economy and increasing international trade of data, the Philippines has strengthened its privacy and security protections.
Total IT spending reached $4.4 billion in 2016, and the sector is expected to more than double by 2020.
With governments storing more personal information about its citizens, it is crucial to protect data from the threat of hacking and other cyber security attacks.
Philippine Government’s Cloud First Policy
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced a Cloud-First policy for the Philippine government under which government agencies must move to cloud computing as the preferred ICT deployment strategy for internal administrative use and external delivery of government online services, GovCloud forms an integral part of the policy, costing PHP 373 million (USD 7.4 million).
GovCloud is positioned as a complete cloud solution for the government, is fully open for business. It will also be used to feature the data and services of agencies to the National Government Portal (NGP).
GovCloud aims to:
What’s the best way for IT leaders to move forward?
The traditional mindset is that data is more secure if it's within premises. To ease some of the fear and misperceptions surrounding the mandated move of federal agencies’ IT systems into the cloud, here are the top four ways cloud is more secure than legacy systems:
The Cloud Solution Has Changed the Question
Whether you work in Compliance, Finance and Accounting, Legal, IT, Internal Audit, Risk Management or beyond, the cloud is proven to be the most reliable, secure and future-proofed approach available today.
Avoiding the cloud is no longer an option. It’s now time to refocus the conversation and energy away from cloud fears and defending the false sense of security of more familiar on-premises risks, and back to the broader task: effective security risk mitigation in today’s overall IT environment.
The Philippines Data Privacy Regime
Overall, the IRRs represent a significant development in data privacy regulation in the Philippines, and will affect multi-national businesses that use or provide services in or from the Philippines, as well as local vendors with data processing facilities in the Philippines.
It is fair to say that the IRRs set one of the higher bars for compliance standards in the Asia-Pacific region, borrowing heavily from some of the more advanced data protection concepts found in Europe’s GDPR and some of the more stringent requirements emerging in South Korea in recent years.
It is also important to note that the IRRs can apply to data processing that takes place outside the Philippines where the data relates to Philippine citizens or residents, or where the processing entity has links to the Philippines e.g. it has a branch or subsidiary in the Philippines.
These new regulations introduced by NPC and DICT require compliance, however it is not just about meeting the legal requirements but also to maintain trust with citizens and customers – which leads to data governance, cloud, privacy and risk management in view of the Cloud First Policy and Data Privacy Act.
In view of both the GovCloud policy and Data Privacy Act implementation, this presents a more complex data-environment in which businesses should look to conduct a review of:
The Current Challenges with Data and its Environment
The first is the exponential growth in data volumes. The second is the shift to cloud.
The growing volumes of data and the shift to cloud environments, coupled with increasingly stringent regulatory expectations, present an imposing challenge for many organisations today. This rapidly changing landscape creates many implications for data management.
Earlier organisations used to store their data in a single data centre. Now there are commercial cloud, hybrid cloud environments. This poses a real challenge for companies as they try to manage their data. Now many organisations don’t really understand their data footprint.
So how do we create a safe environment for data and information?
You Can’t Have Privacy Without Security
With the increased complexity of compliance with global privacy requirements, adequate security is the one constant and the simplest way to ensure that organisations are both complying with law and protecting their data.
It is essential to have critical foundations set up to ensure a safe environment for your data and information.
For this, all the stakeholders whether from IT, Compliance, Risk or Audit departments need to work together and leverage on a collaborative system to ensure that data governance and cyber security measures are in place to protect the organisation’s reputational integrity.