UP, CICC to launch professional course on digital governance and cybersecurity for gov’t officials

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta


With people’s lives, communications and business and personal transactions moving increasingly online, cybersecurity has become a necessity, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns keeping most people indoors and dependent on the Internet and technology.

The University of the Philippines, through the UP Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders (UP-CIFAL), the UP College of Law and the UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga, has partnered with the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) under the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), to offer a Professional Course on Digital Governance and Cybersecurity. The virtual launch of the new professional course will be held on Tuesday, 9 March 2021, at 9:30 a.m.

The Professional Course on Digital Governance and Cybersecurity was created through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between UP and the CICC on 13 October 2020. Under the MOA, the three UP institutions and the CICC collaborated on creating a professional course to strengthen the capacity of key leaders and personnel of the CICC.

The course offers a universal framework to address the emerging concerns of 21st century governance and cybersecurity, which are manifested at global, national and local levels. The course aims to provide learners with: an appreciation and understanding of modern information and system technology; the complex domains of cybersecurity; and, the methods and approaches of various sectors, namely, government, private sector, and civil society in addressing cyber risks and challenges. It is designed to equip learners with knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges of cybercrime, which is imperative to guarantee and protect the rule of law, the right of the individual, sectors, and states, and to promote justice and robust institutions anchored on responsible freedom and sustainability.

The Professional Course on Digital Governance and Cybersecurity will be initially offered to select government officials, and cascaded later on to other agencies, including local government units. It will be delivered through modules, and under each module are topics on various themes and issues, with: Module 1 focusing on “Philippine Governance in the Cyber Age”; Module 2, on “Digitization, Digitalization, and Digital Transformation: Whole Ecosystem Approach”; Module 3, on “Key Issues in Cybersecurity: The Philippine Context”; Module 4, on “Cybersecurity as Transnational Concern”; Module 5, on “Promoting the Rule of Law, Justice and Strong Institutions”; and, Module 6, on “Case Analysis and Solution-Seeking Measures or Policies”.

Register for the virtual launch of the new professional course here: https://tinyurl.com/CybersecurityCourseLaunching