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Philippines is coping with demand for cyber security professionals

Bridging the Talent Gap

January 2021, Number 10.04

“Lockdowns around the world have placed economies at a standstill, slowing the virus’s spread but causing a heavy economic toll. In the Philippines, an overwhelming majority of companies are encouraging or requiring their employees to work from home because of COVID-19, so it’s no surprise that cyber security and data privacy issues have started to surface.

Never before has the country’s lack of cyber security professionals been more glaring. While the issue has been brought up several times by cyber security stakeholders, it is in this national emergency that everyone in the country felt the dire need for a strong cyber security infrastructure and a workforce capable of ensuring continued operations of the government and other critical infrastructure...”

Excerpt from Genalyn B. Macalinao, “Bridging the Talent Gap,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, No. 4, 2021: 44-45.

Genalyn B. Macalinao is the policy lead of the Cybersecurity Bureau of the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology. She is one of the authors of Towards a Resilient Regional Cyber Security: Perspectives and Challenges in Southeast Asia, published in 2019, and was a lead contributor to the Philippines National Cybersecurity Plan 2022.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.