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APO, DAP strengthens cybersecurity defenses with virtual training course

QUEZON CITY (PIA) -- The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), together with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), hosted a comprehensive virtual Training Course on Cybersecurity Management Systems from May 16 to 19, 2023 as a proactive stance in countering the escalating cyber threats the Asia-Pacific region faces.

Recognizing the need to protect critical services and maintain stability, the Training Course aimed to arm member countries with the necessary tools and best practices to safeguard their digital assets effectively.

It equipped the 45 delegates from 21 member countries with the knowledge and tools to effectively combat cyber-attacks.

Renowned cybersecurity experts including Chris Kim, Seong Ju Kang, Nyan Tun Zaw, Ken Soh, and Joon Kim convened via Zoom and discussed the pressing challenges and solutions related to cybersecurity. The twelve sessions delved into crucial topics such as cyber-attack prevention, incident response strategies, and cloud security measures.

The training course also emphasized the importance of cybersecurity measures such as firewalls, antivirus software, and encryption to prevent and mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks.

Cybersecurity remains a key aspect for any organization, irrespective of industry, as cybercriminals, hackers, and state-sponsored groups persistently seek to compromise, disrupt, or damage computer systems, networks, and electronic devices.

The significance of cybersecurity in today's digital landscape cannot be understated as ASEAN countries continue to grapple with data breaches and ransomware attacks that wreak havoc on national economies and erode public confidence.

With the ever-evolving nature of cyber threats and the increasing reliance on information and communications technology (ICT), the APO's initiative is a timely and critical step toward enhancing cybersecurity defenses in the Asia-Pacific region. By equipping organizations with the knowledge and awareness required to manage cybersecurity risks, the APO strives to foster a secure and productive environment.

As an intergovernmental organization established in 1961, the APO remains dedicated to promoting mutual cooperation and sustainable socioeconomic development in the region. By acting as a think tank, providing policy advisory services, and undertaking initiatives across various sectors, the APO continues to play a vital role in bolstering the cybersecurity resilience of member countries. (LOC – PIA MISD)

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