Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Wednesday (May 13) stressed the need for the judiciary to be both physically and virtually hygienic during this pandemic caused by the deadly 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).
“While we continue to heed the advice of our health professionals to observe good personal hygiene to protect ourselves from this virulent virus, I likewise encourage everyone to practice proper cyber hygiene to protect ourselves from being infected with computer viruses, worms, and other malwares,” he said in a statement.
“Just like our health professionals, our frontliners during the Covid-19 crisis, we are also frontliners in the defense against cyber threat,” he said.
Last Tuesday (May 12), the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) in coordination with the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) and Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) held a webinar for court judges and personnel over cyber security.
The webinar was held as the judiciary has been conducting online proceedings through its Judiciary 365 platform.
Peralta said that around 6,000 trial court judges and personnel participated in the needed webinar.
“This webinar is very timely as we recently rolled out the Philippine Judiciary 365 which has enabled all court stations nationwide to receive pleadings electronically and select courts in key cities to conduct video conferencing hearings,” he said.
“Everyone has a role to play, cyber threats change quickly and we need to adapt to them quickly as well,” he pointed out.