DESIGNED to develop the next generation of the cybersecurity workforce, at the same time improve the cybersecurity ecosystem in the Philippines, the first Cybersecurity Academy in the Philippines was launched last week.
Housed at the Asia Pacific College (APC) in Magallanes, the program, supported by global cybersecurity leader Palo Alto Networks, will roll out new cybersecurity courses under the academy curriculum to students across all disciplines starting from February 2020.
In addition to the School of Computing and Information Technologies, students from the School of Management, School of Multimedia and Arts, and School of Engineering will also have the opportunity to enroll in cybersecurity-related courses,” Dr. Tata Medado, president, Asia Pacific College said.
“It is a great honor to be Palo Alto Networks pioneering Cybersecurity Academy in the Philippines, and we look forward to building on this mutually rewarding relationship for many years to come
A new laboratory called the “APC Cybersecurity Sandbox” is the program’s main feature. It is basically a prototyping and training center is secured by Palo Alto Networks. As a sandbox, the program uses a discovery process for courses that revolve around theoretical classroom instruction, but a deep immersion in technical and hands-on lab training.
Students will go through courses on the cybersecurity landscape and learn how to combat threats. Upon completing the four-year course, each student will be eligible as either a Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate or Certified Network Security Administrator.
“The vision of APC is to develop talent who have the skills and mindset to take on any challenge in any environment – in both the local as well as international market. With the shortage of cybersecurity professionals being a global challenge, we recognize the importance of cybersecurity education as a fundamental skill that must be learned and applied in various aspects of our daily lives, early on,” Medado added.
The course will focus on cybersecurity gateway, infrastructure configuration, and defense and countermeasures. Palo Alto Networks has forged similar academic partnerships with colleges and universities in more than 40 countries in the US, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. It is dedicated to training the next generation of the security workforce.
“To protect our increasingly digital way of life in the Philippines, we need to ensure that there’s a sufficient pool of cybersecurity talent available. We are committed to addressing the talent shortage challenge through this academic partnership and hope that this is the beginning of many more partnerships in the near future,” Oscar Visaya, country manager for the Philippines, Palo Alto Networks said.