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Second Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies (2021-2025), Under Agenda Item 5: Existing and Potential Threats

Tuesday, 29 March 2022
Diane Shayne D. Lipana, First Committee Expert, Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York
UNHQ, Trusteeship Council


Mr. Chair,

The Philippines thanks the Chair and his able team for leading this meeting and enabling member states to engage and proceed to our substantive discussions. The Philippines lends its support to the statement of NAM delivered by Indonesia, in its capacity as Coordinator of the Non-Aligned Movement on Disarmament and the ASEAN Statement delivered by Brunei.

Like Singapore, the Philippines attaches importance to ensuring the security of critical ICT infrastructures including information assets of the government, individuals and businesses. One of the key programs of the Philippine National Cybersecurity Plan 2022 is the protection of critical information infrastructures (CII).

To answer your guiding question on how can States enhance protection of critical infrastructure particularly of CII, the Philippines offers the following two major activities to move towards establishing a resilient CII based on our own National Cybersecurity Plan to which we can replicate.

The first major activity is “Compliance and Assessment”. The compliance and assessment activities shall be composed of three levels: first level is an inventory or a Protection Assessment Project; second level is to assess the CII’s readiness or a Security Assessment Project; and the third level will be a voluntary activity or a Compliance to a Cyber Risks to CII, or a program where States may be assessed by a third-party institution.

The second major activity is participating in “International Drill Exercises”. After establishing the baseline of results for assessment and compliance, States may participate in an International Drill Exercises in order to sustain the development of our cybersecurity towards the desired majority level of our systems. This drill exercise could be on a technical level or among CERT representatives.

Mr. Chair,

We acknowledge Egypt’s proposal to have a preliminary agreement on the list of existing and potential threats, update this regularly, and also to make it available to delegations in order to guide efforts of States in tackling cyber threats. We find merit in this suggestion.

We support India, Costa Rica, and Mexico’s reiteration of the importance of the Points of Contact (PoCs) not only to exchange best practices but also during uncertain situations, to help in addressing threats.

Mr. Chair, the Philippines reaffirms, as stated in paragraph 22 of the previous OEWG outcome document, that developing cooperative measures to address threats and acting together and inclusively whenever feasible would produce more effective and far-reaching results. The Philippines looks forward to a more concrete and action-oriented recommendations on this important issue in the coming substantive sessions.