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TESDA plans to develop a cybersecurity course.

On Friday, a representative of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) stated they are considering creating a cybersecurity training program, maybe in collaboration with other nations.

According to Rosanna Urdaneta, the TESDA officer in charge, “as we are transitioning to the 5th Industrial Revolution, which primarily concerns and involves the internet and computer software, this (would be) beneficial for the government, businesses (for) ease of doing business, and also this could help prevent cyber-attacks.”

Cybersecurity courses are multidisciplinary, according to Urdaneta, in contrast to other information and communications technology (ICT) courses. You need to know more than just computers, she remarked.

The representative clarified that students also need to learn about other types of assaults, such as phishing, in which hackers attempt to trick victims into clicking on a malicious link. Although there are technical solutions to stop phishing, Urdaneta stated that this can be avoided more effectively if one is knowledgeable about cybersecurity.

The suggested Competency Standards are presently being discussed by TESDA with its ICT Office and Qualifications and Standards Office. To help with the creation of standards and competencies, a TESDA board member has been designated.

“Yesterday, we had a meeting to discuss the suggested competencies. We reached a lot of consensus, and we are optimistic that we can bring this to the expert group and ultimately the TESDA Board in the next month “She spoke.

After the board has accepted the Qualification Standard, it will take between three and six months to train assessors and trainers for the new course.

TESDA is considering partnering with Israel to create the new training program, according to Urdaneta. “One of the largest networks of cybersecurity experts is found in Israel. As part of the required military training, it also provides advanced cybersecurity training to its citizenry. Therefore, the Philippines may benefit much from this relationship.”

She added that TESDA is open to collaborations with other nations that are eager to help build the Cybersecurity National Certification.

TESDA is now providing a number of ICT-related courses. Broadband Installation (Fixed Wireless Systems) NC II, Cable TV Installation NC II, Cable TV Operation and Maintenance NC III, Game Programming NC III, Telecom OSP and Subscriber Line Installation (Copper Cable/POTS and DSL) NC II, Telecom OSP Installation (Fiber Optic Cable) NC II, Visual Graphic Design NC III, and Web Development NC III are just a few of these.

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