ePLDT Inc., a digital solutions provider, officially becomes the first and only Philippine organizational member of the global leader in incident response “Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)” strengthening its cybersecurity capabilities and enabling it to respond better to security incidents.
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.
ePLDT Cyber Security 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.
Being a FIRST member enables ePLDT to share knowledge with other cybersecurity organizations around the world, boosting collaboration and improving communication with their security teams, including collecting feedback, exchanging ideas, and sharing best practices. 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 and CEO and SVP and 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.”
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.