Friday, 14 Aug 2020

EDUCATION | Palo Alto Networks launches first cybersecurity academy program in PH

Asia Pacific College Vision. Chairman of Asia Pacific College, Ramon Dimacali talks about the shared vision of Asia Pacific College and Palo Alto Networks as they launch the first cybersecurity academy in the Philippines.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Global cybersecurity solutions provider, Palo Alto Networks, announced on Monday a collaboration with Asia Pacific College (APC) to launch the first Cybersecurity Academy in the Philippines. The program is designed to nurture the next generation of the cybersecurity workforce in the Philippines.

Starting from February 2020, APC will roll out new cybersecurity courses under the academy curriculum to students across all disciplines. 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 enrol in cybersecurity-related courses.

“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,” Dr. Tata Medado, president, Asia Pacific College. “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. 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.”

The courses will provide classroom instruction, as well as technical and hands-on lab training in the newly built laboratory known as “APC Cybersecurity Sandbox, secured by Palo Alto Networks”. 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.

“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,” said Oscar Visaya, country manager for the Philippines, Palo Alto Networks. “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.”

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. For more information, please visit the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy page.

Honoring APC Cybersecurity Faculty. (From top left to bottom right) Asia Pacific College Board of Trustee, Dr. Paulino Tan; APC Cybersecurity Faculty, Jose Eugenio Quesada; Manuel Sebastian S. Sanchez; Rhea-luz Valbuena; Justin Pineda; Executive Director for Technical Services and Cybersecurity Faculty, Jose Castillo; Palo Alto Networks Country Manager, Oscar Visaya; CHED Technical Panel for Business and Management Educ., Dr. Oscar Torralba; SVP for Corporate Services of SM Investments Corp., Ms Lizanne Uychaco; Asia Pacific College President, Dr. Ma. Teresita Mercado; CHED OIC Supervising Education Program, Dr. Bellaflor Coronado; Asia Pacific College Chairman, Ramon Dimacali; and Palo Alto Networks Field Chief Security Officer of Asia Pacific, Kevin O’Leary.
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