Pines City Colleges

PCC: A Cyber Security Seminar: “THE CYBER BLIND SPOTS”

The Data Privacy Committee (DPC) of the institution Pines City Colleges (PCC) held an institutional-wide cyber security roll-out titled CYBER SECURITY SEMINAR: “THE CYBER BLIND SPOTS” on February 23, March 3, and 7, 2024, headed by Ms. Ma. Regina S. Prats, Data Protection Officer. This initiative seeks to educate PCC employees about the risks of cyberattacks, broaden our horizons in terms of privacy to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of digital assets, and provide knowledge on best practices, new threats, and successful cybersecurity methods.

According to resource speaker, Ms. Corinth D. Abella, Head of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Vice Chair of the Data Privacy Council, there are cyber blind spots that we encounter when we open our social media accounts or sometimes on websites, which lead to hacking and scamming, and many Filipinos are victims of these so-called cyber blind spots. Still, what are Cyber Blind Spots? These are areas of an organization that are not monitored for risk. These parts are important problems because they can become soft targets, gateways, or attack vectors, resulting in data breaches, ransomware, or network invasions.

The seminar about cyber blind spots raised awareness among PCC employees about how to safeguard their personal information (Full name, Date of birth, Address, Email address, Phone number, Driver’s license number, Student ID Number, Employee ID Number) and sensitive personal information (Financial information, medical records, Biometric data, Personal identification numbers (PINs) Social security numbers). The seminar has taught the employees to be cautious at all times and to remember the phrase “Always Think Before You Click.” # Collin Jaye Laguinday

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