Jose Siraj Ballesteros Murad, Trade Facilitation Consultant, Department of Finance, Republic of the Philippines

As more and more people rely on the use of online applications over unsecured networks like the Internet, the need to secure files and ensure their information confidentiality and integrity increases, as does the need for a dependable Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). As its name implies, PKI is an infrastructure that secures communications between individuals and government agencies and ensures that the government’s delivery of services to citizens and businesses becomes safer, faster and more efficient.

The successful implementation of an information system requires the development of a holistic governance model, as any system must be fundamentally rooted in both legal and operational base of accountability and trust amongst its various stakeholders.

The Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI) was established subsequent to the launch of the country’s iGovPhil program, wherein providing data security through the PKI is an essential component of the program. Since the launch of the system in 2014, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has reported that 4000 registered individuals have been issued Digital Certificates, an electronic imprint that possesses weight as their non-digital ID that would allow users to prove their identity virtually.