DOST works to avoid gov't website hacking-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
THE Department of Science and Technology–Information and Communication Technology Office (Dost-Icto) said their office is now working on developing a single template for the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) to prevent govenment websites from being hacked.
Monchito Ibrahim, deputy director of Dost-Icto, said President Benigno Aquino III issued a directive under Administrative Order No. 39 dated July 2012 which mandates the Dost-Icto “to provide an efficient information and communications technology infrastructure, information systems and resources to support an effective, transparent and accountable governance and, in particular, support the speedy enforcement of rules and delivery of accessible public services to the people.”
The directive also stated that the “government recognizes the need for greater security and robustness in the internet technologies it uses to deliver reliable information and provide state of the art online services, which are free from impairment and disruption.”
“The first step to make us achieve a stage where it will be very difficult for anybody to hack any government any website is to develop a single template,” Ibrahim said.
He added that they have been developing the systems since mid-September this year. Actual migration will be done before the end of the year and in 2014.
Ibrahim said the GWHS will host the websites of national government agencies, government financial institutions, government-owned or controlled corporations, websites of inter-agency collaborations, programs and projects.
As ordered by the President, websites that had been defaced or rendered inaccessible by attackers in the last six months will be given priority.
On Sunday, at least 38 government websites, including the Office of the Ombudsman, were defaced by hackers who claimed to oppose on the pork barrel system.
Since last year, government websites have been attacked by hackers who were angry over diplomatic disputes and those upset at a restrictive Cybercrime Law. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)