Prompted by its mission to strengthen the country’s resilience against natural calamities, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) forged a partnership with ePLDT to enhance its defense against cyberattacks and future-proof its business of saving lives.
Composed of over 80 private corporations and leading non-government organization (NGO) members, PDRF aims to play a role in different phases of disaster management such as response, recovery, and rehabilitation. It also coordinates private sector solutions for disaster management. In fact, when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted Luzon on April 22, PDRF, through its member companies, was one of the first organizations to quickly respond to the emergency and rescue operations in Pampanga, which sustained around P121.7 million worth of damage to its roads and infrastructure.
“We’re now leading the idea that the private sector has a role to play in terms of disaster management. Private organizations like ours can go ahead and volunteer using our resources and core expertise to respond and help rebuild places that have been hit by disasters,” said Butch Meily, president, PDRF.
In order to mitigate and quickly respond to different kinds of calamities in the country, PDRF needed monitoring tools that would allow it to identify hazards and risks prior to the impacts of incoming natural disasters. The organization recently built the world’s first privately owned National Emergency Operations Center in Clark, Pampanga, which is being utilized to monitor storms, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions across the Philippine archipelago. With the critical information bits the Emergency Operations Center processes, it calls for robust security measures that will protect its mission-critical data from potential cyber threats and attacks.
“The nature of the data that we handle is very sensitive. If there are any attempts to hack our system or steal our data, we need to have robust cybersecurity technologies in place which only ePLDT was able to provide,” said Meily.
PDRF’s Emergency Operations Center was built to help the organization monitor storms, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions in the country.
ePLDT helped upgrade PDRF’s existing security technologies with its Managed Security Service that included the management and maintenance of the latter’s firewall. PDRF also subscribed to ePLDT’s Security Operations Center-as-a-Service (SOCaaS), which gives the former a dedicated cybersecurity team that proactively monitors its network 24/7 and immediately responds in the event of a cyberattack. Through this, PDRF will be informed of any malicious activities in their systems within minutes they are discovered. PDRF will also receive monthly reports to ensure its awareness of cyber incidents within the organization.
“This partnership is an opportunity for ePLDT to help a leading organization like PDRF enhance its disaster preparedness and response initiatives,” said Nerisse Ramos, senior vice president and group chief operating officer, ePLDT. “With ePLDT’s homegrown expertise and global-class methodology, we can further strengthen PDRF’s cyber defenses that will help them to transform the Philippines into becoming a more disaster-resilient country.”
ePLDT delivers best-in-class cybersecurity services and solutions that allow businesses to redefine their cyber defenses against a wide range of cyber threats.
“With emerging cyber threats becoming more and more dangerous each day, it is crucial for reputable organizations like PDRF to have security measures in place. Cyberattacks can easily cripple an organization today especially with associated risks of financial losses, business disruptions, and damage to reputation,” said Angel Redoble, first vice president and chief information security officer, ePLDT Group, PLDT Group and SMART.
Today, PDRF is equipped with the cybersecurity it needs to further build the nation’s resilience and help mitigate damages from future disasters. “We would not be able to operate at our top-level without the assurance of having ePLDT there and providing cybersecurity. I feel much more secure now by having ePLDT as a partner, I’m very sure of that,” Meily concluded.
ePLDT is the premier provider of holistic digital business solutions in the Philippines. Apart from Cyber Security, ePLDT’s products and services that are up to par with international-global benchmarks also include Cloud, purpose-built Data Centers, and Managed IT Services.