TESDA, education firm partner to offer cybersecurity training

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

March 12, 2024, 8:58 pm

<p>TESDA Secretary Suharto Mangudadatu (<em>PNA photo by Joan Bondoc</em>)</p>

TESDA Secretary Suharto Mangudadatu (PNA photo by Joan Bondoc)

MANILA – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has partnered with an educational firm to help them in providing cybersecurity courses.

In a news release on Tuesday, TESDA said it signed a partnership with CybersCool Defcon, Inc. on March 6, with the goal of providing skills training, assessment and certification on cybersecurity as well as other information technology-related skills.

“Through this collaboration, we can ensure a secure and reliable cyberspace for every Filipino. [With our partnership with CybersCool], TESDA can now provide training to confront emerging risks, threats, and attacks on [cyberspace] and cyber terrorism in the country,” TESDA Secretary Suharto Mangudadatu said during the partnership signing ceremony.

Both institutions will develop, enhance and validate TESDA's competency standards, training regulations, competency-based curriculum and assessment tools.

The TESDA said CybersCool will donate facilities, equipment, supplies and softwares.

While TESDA courses are open to everyone, the TESDA said the partnership with CybersCool targets those who are 18 years old and above, high school graduates, the unemployed and underemployed.

Other beneficiaries from the public sector will also be accepted in accordance with TESDA’s agreement with concerned government agencies or instrumentalities, it added.

“These training courses support the policy directives on cybersecurity given by our President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as embodied in the National Cybersecurity Plan of 2023-2028 which calls on the entire public and private sectors to give utmost priority in addressing and responding to the threats involving the recent waves of cyberattacks and cybercrimes in the country,” CybersCool chair Reynato was quoted as saying. (PNA)