NAPOLCOM RO1 facilitates Cybersecurity Training

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As a strategy to implement the cause of Cybersecurity to combat or curb the elevating risks of cybercrimes, the National Police Commission Regional Office No. 1 designed various activities, one (1) of which is designed to forge partnership between law enforcement agencies in mitigating and strengthening peacekeeping as well as public safety programs for its stakeholders through the conduct of capability development programs.

The Cybersecurity Training is designed to provide the cyber professionals/officers with the basic concepts needed to identify and protect organizations/users against common cyber threats and attacks. This training also includes cybersecurity, which focuses on the collection of tools, policies, risk management techniques, activities, training, best practices, assurance, and technologies that can be utilized to protect the cyber environment, as well as the assets of the organization and its users.

The training also offers cybercrime investigation that provides awareness and investigation principles and policies, techniques, and network security fundamentals against cybercrime offenses. It also facilitates intelligence, investigations, training and capability-related to cybercrime prevention, suppression and prosecution, creating sensitivity to the vulnerabilities of computer systems, devices and social media websites and recognition of the data protection, information and systems for cyber security officers.

The Regional Office headed by Atty. Monday R. Samson, Regional Director conducted the CyT on August 16 to 20, 2021. Said training was joined by 88 participants to include personnel of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Army (PA).

The training was conducted on a blended learning method – video conferencing through Zoom application and online modular method. It consisted of three (3) topics, discussion and interaction, practical application activities/review exercises, and assessment throughout the training.

During the launching program on 16 August 2021, Commo Nelson B Torre, Commander of PCG K9 Force, delivered his inspirational message. He mentioned that amidst pandemic cyber-attacks online internet social websites has increased exponentially, therefore protecting the users are very significant. He also said that a masterplan in dealing cyber threats must be implemented and practiced. He highlighted that law enforcement agencies must build trust and safety environment for internet users and organizations in digital domain as well as to optimize digital side of technology.

Further, Commo Torre said that the training was a good venue to cultivate participants and to start wider inter-agency cooperation and collaboration among law enforcement agencies on the matter of strengthening cybersecurity or minimize effectively cyber-attacks or threats. He expressed his deepest gratitude to the initiated program of the Regional Office that equipped and built camaraderie among participants in understanding the concepts of cybersecurity and its importance to this technological milieu. After which, Mr. Rodelio B. Rebuldela, Planning Officer 1 presented the Rationale and Mechanics of said training. Ms. Dae Vinia A. Pimentel, Administrative Assistant II presented the process in accessing the NAPOLCOM Online Learning Hub.

The Subject Matter Experts were Atty. Phillip Raymund S. Rivera, Chief of  Regional Investigation Unit/ Provincial Officer of Eastern Pangasinan who discussed the Data Privacy Act of 2012; PltCol Greg T Guerrero, Assistant Chief of Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 1 who discussed the Rules of Cybercrime Warrants; and, Atty. Joseph O. Apolonio, PIO / Provincial Officer of Ilocos Sur who discussed the Concepts of RA 10175 or also known as Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Said training culminated on 20 August 2021 through video teleconferencing utilizing Zoom Application. Atty. Mary Hazel D. Gavina-Bela-o, Chief of Legal Affairs Unit and Provincial Officer for La Union, delivered her opening message and congratulated the participants for their active participation.

A short inspirational message followed which was delivered by Commo Torre. He emphasized his deepest gratitude to the Regional Office. Dir. George Aplas D. Daskeo, Assistant Regional Director delivered his closing message. He appreciated the efforts of the participants and facilitators of said training. He accentuated on the advantages and disadvantages of technology. He also encouraged everyone to be ahead in combating technological crimes such as cyber libel, cyber bullying and other computer-related crimes. He congratulated everyone for their active participation and for the success of said training.

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