To kick off Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in collaboration with Digital Pilipinas, will chart a roadmap to enhance cybersecurity in the country.
“Our aim is to unite various sectors, empower and cultivate cybersecurity professionals, and support organizations in safeguarding their data,” said DICT Secretary Ivan Uy.
Digital Pilipinas is a private sector-driven initiative dedicated to supporting technology and innovation in the country.
Uy said that DICT is intensifying cybersecurity education through training programs and scholarships to establish a robust professional cybersecurity sector. He also said that the government agency is in the process of establishing a National Cybersecurity Operations Center.
Cybersecurity Month 2023
The theme for Cybersecurity Month 2023 is “Sama-Sama para sa Cyberseguridad,” with the goal of inspiring and catalyzing collective efforts in cybersecurity, in pursuit of a digitally healthier future for the nation.
“Let us bear in mind that cybersecurity is not solely a technical issue; it is fundamentally a human concern,” said Undersecretary Jeffrey Dy of DICT’s Cybersecurity Bureau. “It impacts us all, needing the bridging of the gap between technical expertise and public comprehension to make cybersecurity accessible and understandable for everyone. In doing so, we can protect our digital lives and foster a more secure and dependable cyberspace.”
Throughout the month-long celebration, the government’s comprehensive cybersecurity approach will spotlight a diverse array of themes via a series of engagements. Capacity-building training sessions will be conducted with the support of various government agencies. Key themes to be addressed during the campaign include consumer protection within the banking and financial institution industry, policy and law enforcement, citizen-centric services, and platforms, as well as international collaboration.
Prominent industry players and cybersecurity advocates, including the co-convenors of Digital Pilipinas, will actively participate in the various activities scheduled for Cybersecurity Month.