In line with the recent activation of Cyber Battalion, Army Signal Regiment of the Philippine Army, the unit has partnered with Wissen International, the exclusive representative of EC-Council in ASEAN, to train and hone the competency of its personnel with EC-Council’s international training and credentialing standard in cybersecurity certifications. Courses being considered are Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Network Defender (CND), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT), Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) and Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO). The usage of EC-Council’s latest advanced cyber wargaming platform, CyberQ, is one of the considerations for future endeavors.
Over the past decade, cyber operations have become an increasingly important part of a country’s military capabilities. Rising cyber threats are observed from cyber warfare; including threats to military websites, networks, systems and ICT Infrastructure as well as potential attacks on the economy, government infrastructure, and business. To respond to these threats, cyber defense spending is projected to grow substantially. As the importance of cyber operations in national security grows, the military’s ability to train cyber workforce to be equipped with critical cyber skills set and ensure a robust platform for cyber workforce becomes increasingly important in protecting the nation.
Col. Joey T. Fontiveros, SC (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, Cyber Battalion shared “We have dedicated significant resources and vigorous efforts to develop cyber capabilities and maintain purposive initiatives, both in the conduct of Active Defense, Defensive Cyber Operations and Research and Development. It is our priority to develop and hone our cyber workforce through training and institutionalize cyber skills competency roadmap as the Unit continues to forge its existence with its rallying mantra, “Train, test, and try harder!”
Wissen’s Managing Director, Breyvan Tan said, “The greatest challenge in any organization is human resource. We are excited and committed to work closely with the Cyber Battalion, ASR, PA to ensure their cybersecurity capacity and competency are further increased with EC-Council’s certifications and CyberQ so they are capable of operating at the highest levels of their field.”
Cybersecurity specialists are responsible for protecting military networks and the country against cyber-attacks from enemy forces. These specialists monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activities in the cyberspace domain.
EC-Council is the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body. It offers a wide array of certifications for every stage of a cybersecurity practitioner’s career path in more than 145 countries. Probably best-known for its certification in the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), with its sophisticated and specific 21 modules, certification holders learn the fundamentals of penetration testing that any professional would need to know to step into the field of cybersecurity. It also offers many other certifications including the Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Penetration Tester (CPENT).
Wissen is the exclusive distributor and sole representative of EC-Council, being known as the cybersecurity competency development arm. More than 80 EC-Council academia and accredited training partners across Singapore and Asia Pacific such as Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam are managed by Wissen. Wissen also works in collaboration with government and local associations to proliferate EC-Council’s cybersecurity courses.
About Cyber Battalion, Army Signal Regiment, Philippine Army
The Cyber Battalion, ASR, PA is a newly activated unit which is in the forefront of supporting PA compliant on the provisions of the adoption of cyberspace as another domain of operations and the PA Operating Concept. It aims to conduct active and defensive cyber operations in order to protect the PA cyber assets and defend it from cyber-attacks across the different PA domains of operations.