PA-USARPAC Cybersecurity SMEE Commences

The Philippine Army (PA) and the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) kicked off the five-day PA-USARPAC Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) at Ricarte Hall, Philippine Army Officers’ Clubhouse, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila on May 23, 2023.

The five-day activity, scheduled from May 22 to May 26, 2023, is a continuing effort of PA in enhancing the capabilities and competencies of the PA Cyber Workforce on incident response, mitigation, and active defense operations.

Five U.S. Subject Matter Experts and a total of 56 PA workforce from PA, as well as Cyber Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) of PA Major Units in Luzon, will take part in the scheduled SMEEs. Both armies will conduct the activity through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstration of various cyber tools, and cyber exercises focusing on cyber intelligence, TTPs, Best Practices of Regional Cyberspace Center Pacific (RCCP), DOTMPLF for Cyber Security Operations Center development, Recovery Planning and Incident Response, Network Resilience, Expeditionary Cyber Forces, and Electronic Warfare.

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Command and Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems, Philippine Army Col Windell Frederick T. Rebong, during his remarks, said that learning is a two-way street and warfighting is a team effort. He encouraged the participants to actively share their ideas and maximize the opportunity to learn from each other.

Photos by Staff Sergeant Orlando Ballesteros Jr. PA/OACPA