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Negrense cybercrime expert to head CICC

Alexander K. Ramos*

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has tapped a veteran transnational crime expert as the new head of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center (CICC).

Alexander K. Ramos, who has 25 years of experience in cybercrime investigation is the second person to officially head the 200 strong CICC.

Ramos who hails from Bacolod City is married to Dr. Anne Marie Rio (PhD), an expert in Educational Management and Leadership with the De La Salle University, Manila.

The Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) was created by virtue of Republic Act 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and at present was initially created as an agency directly under the Office of the President, later relegated as an attached agency of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Recognizing the vital role of information and communications industries, such as content production, telecommunications, broadcasting, electronic commerce and data processing, in the country’s overall social and economic development, the  CICC was operationalized in 2020

It functions as a coordinating agency to facilitate the suppression and prevention of cybercrimes in its operational areas and also to perform as a secretariat of the National Cybercrime Inter-Agency Committee (NCIAC).

Ramos’ experience in transnational investigations spans almost three decades, starting with investigations against the spread of syndicated child pornography, network breaches, identity theft to running after cyberterrorists has earned him the distinction of being a Timothy Fidel awardee, for excellence in digital investigations.

A recognized figure in the field of advance computer science studies and computer forensics and was named the 2007 Timothy Fidel Awardee for the successful investigation and combating one of the biggest global network of cyberterrorists which attempted to paralyze and take control major telecommunication networks worldwide.

The one-year investigation led to one of the biggest anti cyber terrorism operations in the country today and has helped major telecommunication corporations in the US, Europe and Australia saved in $ 300 M in potential damages to its infrastructure.*

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