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Government should recruit hackers

Government should recruit “bored” hackers, Senator urges

The government is being encouraged to recruit “bored” hackers whom would help serve as cyber commandos and help in manning and protecting government agencies websites, protecting the country from the real cyber criminals.

Pro Tempore Senate President, Ralph Recto said the statement after the arrest of the 23- year old who was a fresh IT graduate after he hacked the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Apparently the young graduate, suspected IT hacker, did what he did out of boredom. He is now under investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation, (NBI).

If that is the case, Recto mentioned that the executive department could expedite the formulation of the country’s National Cyber Security Plan, and instead hire as soon as possible these recently graduated Filipino IT experts as cyber commandos.

Instead of wasting their talents, these talented Filipino Internet experts should be employed by the executive department as white hat hackers to protect us from real cyber-criminals,” said Recto in a statement.

The Pro Tempore Senate President is also the principal sponsor of the Congress approved the bill which created the Department of Information and Communications Technology, (DICT).

A white hat hacker is a computer security specialist who is able to break into protected systems and networks therefore gaining the ability to test and assess the security. They use their skills to improve the security of the system they hack into by exposing any vulnerabilities before other rogue characters, who are also called black hat hackers can detect them. One of the big differences is that white hat hackers, though they use same methods as black hat hackers, they have permission to access the website of the organization.

Recto also noted that the government could start a hack-fest of some sort which would help expose any vulnerabilities in the governments systems. The hack-fest could also be used as recruiting points.

The DICT law is also trying to create a Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center is being planned. They are also tasked with creating a “National CyberSecurity Plan” and also creating the “National Computer Emergency Response Team.”

The team according to Recto would be the new hires would fit in and would serve as the “IT Special Action Forces or the cyber-commandos.”

“Instead of wasting their talents, these talented Filipino Internet experts should be employed by the executive department as white hat hackers to protect us from real cyber-criminals. Instead of wasting their talents, these talented Filipino Internet experts should be employed by the executive department as white hat hackers to protect us from real cyber-criminals. Instead of wasting their talents, these talented Filipino Internet experts should be employed by the executive department as white hat hackers to protect us from real cyber-criminals. Instead of wasting their talents, these talented Filipino Internet experts should be employed by the executive department as white hat hackers to protect us from real cyber-criminals,” said Recto in a statement.

He referenced the Bangladesh attack as one that showed that the cyber security threat is real and any counter measures against the cyber crimes was needed urgently.

About Ali Raza

Ali is a freelance journalist, having 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. With a master degree, now he combines his passions for writing about internet security and technology. When he is not working, he loves traveling and playing games.

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