PRESS RELEASE

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

28 January 2019

 

Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks. In a computing context, security comprises cybersecurity and physical security — both are used by enterprises to protect against unauthorized access to data centers and other computerized systems.” – Google

 

Legazpi City – As one of the learning sessions of the Branch, the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB)-5 conducted a half-day in-house seminar on cybersecurity.  The resource person tapped to discuss the topic was newly-hired Administrative Aide VI Rey Kelly L. Larce, a former instructor in a computer college and a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering.

Mr. Larce started his lecture with a brief history of security; that even in ancient times kings and rulers went to great lengths to secure their places.  Tribes were made to build walls for security and protection.

“Time changes but the need for security and protection never change,” Mr. Larce expounded his talk.  According to him, cybersecurity is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks and data from malicious attacks.

“Other term for cybersecurity is information technology security or electronic information security. The purpose for this can be summed up in three goals, namely, confidentiality, integrity and availability.”

“Our information is confidential hence, it must be kept secret from unauthorized access or else we have to put up with malicious actions that may endanger our confidential information.”

“To maintain the goodwill and integrity of an organization, its information must be handled only by authorized users and through authorized mechanisms.  Therefore, there is a need for security to protect our information.”

“Especially when we are in the government service, information must at all times be available to our clients or stakeholders.  Information is useless if it is not available.  We have to guard our information against security hacks to maintain the availability of our data.”

“Cybersecurity is not the concern of management alone but by every member of the organization such as our office.  Everyone must be made aware of malicious attacks or harmful hacks that may undermine our integrity and the confidentiality of our information.  Network security is the practice of securing a computer network from intruders, whether targeted attackers or opportunistic malware,” concluded Mr. Larce.

Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas appreciated the information on cyber security as discussed by Mr. Larce.  “We, as a team, must work hand-in-hand to secure our information and our computer hardware, as well as software from harmful attacks that may impede our pursuit of achieving our goal for industrial peace.  Especially now that the virtual world is now the means of communication globally, we have to be careful in accessing apps or sites where we are not familiar with or we are not sure of.  We might be downloading malicious wares in our computers or mobiles that will endanger our equipment, especially our work as a government agency,” Director Foncardas advised.

“This learning session is helpful to us as we are made aware of our duties and responsibilities to our clients and to the general public as a whole,” ended Director Foncardas. – fin

 

Prepared by:

 

EFLEDA A. HOURANI

Senior LEO/LIO-designate

 

 

APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

 

REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Regional Branch Director