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Councilor Rivera seeks strengthening GenSan’s cybersecurity

General Santos City Councilor Jane Rivera pressed the importance of developing local cybersecurity professionals.

Rivera recently filed a resolution strongly encouraging all Information Technology (IT) schools in the city to offer courses and training programs on cybersecurity. In today’s digital age, the politiko cited the critical need for preparedness against the alarming surge in cyber crimes.

“This august deemed it necessary to encourage all schools in the city of General Santos that has IT courses to offer the training program of TESDA as it will be a great start in capacitating the Generals to improve and safeguard the city cyber space,” Rivera explained.

Earlier, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Suharto Mangudadatu said that cybersecurity threats and data breaches are on the rise, impacting businesses, governments, and individuals alike. According to the TESDA official, Filipinos must empowered through appropriate IT training to boost their cyber resilience.

TESDA has rolled out its new Competency Standards (CS) for training programs on cybersecurity: Cyber Threat Monitoring Level I and Cyber Threat Mitigation Level II.

Graduates of the said training are competent to be cybersecurity support staff, cybersecurity help desk staff, cyber threat analysts, and cyber defense analysts, among others, TESDA announced.

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