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PLDT, Smart enlist the youth to help mitigate online threats

PLDT and Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) are boosting the country’s cyber defenses with the help of students and the youth. In celebration of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this month, Smart kicked off the CyberSmart online caravan series in Luzon.

The CyberSmart online caravan aims to raise a generation of cyber warriors who can identify online threats and integrate cybersecurity into their everyday lives.

“PLDT and Smart are embracing the mission to provide digital innovations that empower Filipinos to live smarter for a better world,” said Melvin Consunji Nubla, VP and Head of Go To Market and Subscriber Management. “We are committed to helping customers fortify their cyber defenses and ward off cyber attacks.”

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Recruits learn about creating safer and smarter spaces for kids and the youth in the boot camp. They are trained how to spot deep fake news, as well as the responsible use of social media.

“We should not lower our guard to prevent risks and harms due to cyber and privacy threats that are becoming more real as we become more digital,” reminded Raymund Liboro, National Privacy Commissioner.

The CyberSmart online caravan will also hold sessions for students and teachers in Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao. The general public can sign up to join the CyberSmart CyberSecurity Investigation Agency when they attend the nationwide boot camps on Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, 2021 at http://www.cybersmart.ph

Now in its third year, the CyberSmart Cybersecurity Caravan is a collaboration between various business units across PLDT and Smart and is supported by the Department of Education and the National Privacy Commission.