September 20, 2023

Technical Education and Skills Education Authority (TESDA) with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), conducted training programs to raise and strengthen personnel awareness and competence on cybersecurity and the Data Privacy Act.

445 TESDA personnel from the agency’s central and regional offices attended the hybrid seminar workshop, which was conducted from September 11 - 14.

The capacity building program has three components: Cybersecurity Awareness and Orientation Program, Strengthening Data Privacy Act and Data Protection in TESDA, and the Organizational Meeting of Regional IT Officers.

The topics covered in the program included Cybersecurity Awareness and Cyber Hygiene, Cybersecurity Bureau Cert-PH Operations and Services, Cybersecurity Threat Landscape, Cyber Threat Monitoring and Information Sharing, Cyber Incident Handling/Management, and the Fundamentals of Data Privacy Act.

Information system analysts and information technology officers from DICT's Incident Response Team led the discussions.

TESDA Secretary/Director General Suharto Mangudadatu acknowledges that cybersecurity threats and data breaches are on the rise, impacting businesses, governments, and individuals alike hence, the need to capacitate the agency’s personnel to encourage cyber resilience.

“Organizing this program on cybersecurity awareness and orientation for all the TESDA officials and employees is a continuous journey, not a destination. It is an ongoing commitment to staying informed about the latest threats and best practices. As we navigate our digital world, remember that each of us plays a vital role in creating a secure and resilient cyber environment,” Secretary Mangudadatu said.

“By fostering cybersecurity awareness and working together, we can protect ourselves, our organizations, and the broader digital ecosystem from the ever-evolving cyber threats. Thus, the TESDA officials and employees are directed to adhere to the policies, and keep abreast with and consistently learn the dynamics of the internet, data, and security,” the secretary added.

The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Act Awareness and Orientation Program by TESDA is a proactive initiative aimed at equipping organizations and individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to protect sensitive data and digital assets in an increasingly interconnected world.

The Data Privacy Act of 2012, officially known as Republic Act No. 10173, is a Philippine law that governs the protection of personal data in the Philippines. Enacted on August 15, 2012, this law aims to ensure the privacy and security of personal information and uphold the rights of individuals with respect to their personal data. The Act created the National Privacy Commission which is tasked to monitor its implementation.

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