February 22, 2024

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Cybersecurity key focus of largest ICT conference in Northern Philippines

Considered to be the largest ICT and IT Security conference in the Northern Philippines, the 3-day consortium was held recently, with each day having different tracks.

According to a recent report, the Tuguegarao Consortium (TCON) National IT Conference focused on three tracks: IT Security, Debug, and Pitch Please.

Organised by HackTheNorth.PH, participants for the event came from different private and public institutions in the country as well as visitors from Singapore, Japan and the USA.

The event was targeted for the students and professionals, in the North, who want to upgrade their skill set, but cannot do so because of their lack of financial capacity to attend similar events in Metro Manila.

The first day focused on IT Security wherein proofs of concepts were shown through live ethical hacking, and discussions on the current threat landscape as well as protection and mitigations.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was represented by its Central Office Communications Development Officer who stressed on private-public partnership and the country’s Cyber Security Resiliency programs.

The Department of National Defence followed with a talk entitled “Cyber Threats in the Philippines on a Defence Perspective.”

A member of the Philippine National Police Region 02 Anti Cybercrime Group (ACG) discussed RA 10175 or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012”, and their initiatives in combatting cybercrimes.

Topics such as First Line of Defence; Mobile Security; and Modern DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attacks and Car Hacking were also discussed during the course of the day.

The second day was dubbed as “Debug: Developers Convergence”. It revolved solely on development and programming talks as well as the introduction of current technologies.

Some of the topics discussed on the second day included Hacking with Chatbots; Website Performance and Optimisation Essentials; and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning through Graphene.

A Programmer from the Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Centre (DOST-MIRDC) discussed the Serverless Firebase App.

The rest of the second day was spent on talks that tackled Front Development with Angular; Back End Development Intro to API; and UX Processes in the industry.

The last day, which was called “Pitch Please”, was anchored on technopreneurship, start-up pitching and career mentoring activities coupled with networking and linking with the sponsors, partners, speakers and organisers.

The day began with a keynote speech on blockchain, which was followed by the topic called, “Hacking your ICT Career.”

A speaker who failed to attend the conference was still able to deliver her speech by maximising technology and doing a virtual live talk.

Addressing the audience composed of professionals, students and technopreneurs, a talk was delivered on plenary mentoring for start-ups.

The talk answered questions on: the What, the How and the Why; as well as tips on the proper way to do elevator pitches.

The end of the day saw a Pitch Please competition participated by different high schools, wherein a project on Arduino sensors won.

For the College/Professionals category, a Mobile Applications for Travel and Booking won.

The company behind the event has acquired a regular seat to the local government unit’s ICT Council as a representative of private IT organisations.

Moreover, they have also provided mentorships to accelerating and incubating start-ups.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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