Last September 28-29, the 15th PROTECT Conference series, focusing on the theme " Doing Business Amidst New Threats," brought together security leaders from around the world for a two-day discussion on the most pressing security concerns affecting businesses and the nation. The conference served as a forum for engaging in dialogues and fostering collaboration to address complex challenges.
The conference's schedule included a range of urgent issues that required collaborative efforts. Foremost among these was the continuously changing cybersecurity landscape, with particular focus on its effects on businesses in diverse sectors.
The theme of PROTECT 2023 was “After Covid 19, What’s Next?”. The conference was officially opened by the National Security Advisor Eduardo Ano, represented by Major General Cornelio Valencia Jr. who delivered his Keynote Address.
The International Business Forum started with the session on Cyberspace - The New Battleground- Economic warfare is now a threat to National Security.
This was followed by sessions and panel discussions on Health Threats - The Unknown Enemy; Cross Border Crimes – Criminals are using technology against us, Businesses are being targeted by criminals and terrorists; Global Developments and Redefinition of Roles; State of our National Security – Securing our Critical Infrastructures and Resources; and Looking Ahead - Inflexion Points That May Require Change in Strategic Planning.
Former AFP Chief of Staff and Chairman of the APEC Anti-Terrorism Task Force, Gen. Benjamin P. Defensor, presented a detailed analysis on the disputed West Philippine Sea, providing valuable viewpoints and possible outcomes. DICT Secretary Uydelivered the Keynote for Session 5- how our critical infrastructures and resources are protected.
The 15th PROTECT Conference received widespread participation and garnered positive feedback from attendees, highlighting its importance in addressing the complex security challenges of our time.