PLDT, Smart share cybersecurity best practices with Comelec

PLDT and its wireless unit, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) recently hosted officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) led by Commissioner Nelson Celis at its Security Operations Center in Makati to discuss the group’s cybersecurity technology, processes, and culture. 

“In the past automated elections, we have provided a secure channel for critical information to pass through,” said Angel Redoble, FVP and CISO, PLDT and Smart. 

PLDT and Smart’s Cyber Security Operations Group shared its best practices that have allowed it to defend the telcos’ assets and customers against threats and disruptive attacks. Redoble explained how these capabilities can help make the polls more secure and efficient, ultimately protecting the integrity of the country’s elections.   

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“As we move deeper into the digital age, we always strive to boost our capabilities to protect the Filipinos’ vote and to ensure that they continue to trust our elections,” said COMELEC Commissioner Nelson Celis.   

COMELEC Commissioner Nelson Celis (5th from right) and Angel Redoble, PLDT Grop Chief Information Security Officer (4th from right) 
pose with other COMELEC, PLDT and Smart representatives at the lobby of Vitro Makati 
where the PLDT Group’s Security Operations Center is located.

PLDT Enterprise, the corporate business arm of the PLDT Group, suggested a collaboration to strengthen the election body’s data storage and management facilities.