Securing Tomorrow’s Digital Frontier: CyberSecConPH — Your VIP Pass Awaits!

Wilson Chua
3 min readSep 7, 2023


(Manila, Philippines, September 7, 2023) — Get ready for an extraordinary gathering of cybersecurity and data protection aficionados as the most anticipated event of the year approaches. Brace yourselves for the Philippine leg of the International Conference on ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Community (IC-AJCC), set to unfold on September 19 in the vibrant heart of Manila.

Spearheaded by the dynamic synergy of the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT) and the National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines (NADPOP), the CyberSecConPH, is a symposium like no other. At its core, CyberSecConPH endeavors to foster an interconnected web of knowledge sharing and networking among the most influential minds and organizations in the Information Security and Cybersecurity landscape. It’s the epicenter of cross-sector collaboration, where public and private entities unite to safeguard our digital realm.

CyberSecConPH stands as a beacon, lighting the path towards the establishment and nurturing of an Information Security and Cybersecurity Community of Practice in the Philippines. Moreover, it endeavors to establish unbreakable bonds with kindred communities across the Philippines and throughout Asia.

The lineup of distinguished speakers reads like a who’s who in the world of cybersecurity. Prepare to be captivated by Seiichi Ito, the Chair of the International Relations Committee of the NPO Japan Network Security Association (JNSA), as he unveils the secrets of Cybersecurity Best Practices in Japan.

Dr. Rudi Lumanto, the Founder and Advisor of the Indonesia Network Security Association (IdNSA), will share pearls of wisdom about Cybersecurity Best Practices in Indonesia.

The illustrious PH-CERT President, Lito Averia, will respond with an exposé on Cybersecurity Best Practices in the Philippines. And that’s just the beginning.

USec. Jeffrey Dy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and his expert team will provide a comprehensive update on the status of the National Cybersecurity Plan 2023–2028.

CyberSecConPH is no ordinary event; it’s an exclusive experience. Attendance is by invitation only, but it’s absolutely free. Sam Jacoba, the maestro orchestrating this grand symphony and the CyberSecConPH conference chair, shares his excitement: “The organizers will also launch initiatives that will strengthen the information security, and cybersecurity practices in the Philippines” He adds further: “We expect over 100 CISOs, CIOs, and even Data Professionals to gather for this event”

PH-CERT President Lito Averia emphasizes the gravity of the situation, saying, “due to the increasing incidence of cybercrime, there is a growing need to bolster the ranks of cybersecurity professionals to defend persons and institutions against these nefarious cyber attacks. It is also imperative to work together through ethical communities to stave off threats from bad actors and rogue nation states that sponsor cyber terrorism.”

But wait, there’s more! A constellation of luminaries will illuminate the CyberSecConPH stage, including this author, Engels Antonio, ICT Committee Chair of the National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development of the Philippine National Police (PNP); Dr. William Yu, the visionary CTO of MDI Novare; Atty. Mara Villegas, PH-CERT Vice President for Legal; Dr. Arne Barcelo, the virtuoso leading the Service Management Track at the Information Systems Department, University of Sto. Tomas; Atty. Kiko Acero, the guardian of data as the Data Protection Officer of Meralco; and Abet Dela Cruz, Co-Founder of PH-CERT.

Mark your calendars, set your reminders, and prepare to be part of a cybersecurity revolution like no other. CyberSecConPH is your gateway to an enlightened future where information security reigns supreme. Together, the event will build a digital fortress to protect against the ever-present threats of the cyber realm.