Hundreds of IT professionals, college students, law enforcers, barangays officials and call center agents converged to engage in a cyber security forum organized by the City Peace and Order Council, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Information and Communication Technology, Friday at the Luce Auditorium.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo recognized the need for capacity building so that businesses, government offices and individuals can protect themselves from cyber crimes through increased awareness and to maintain the city’s edge as an emerging IT-BPM hub in this part of the region.

The speakers led by DICT Assistant Secretary Allan Cabanlong shared the means to protect personal information from scammers.

Councilors Lilani Ramon and Michael Bandal lauded the conduct of the forum on how to protect and defend internet users and organizations against online crimes.

Dumaguete City has been identified as one of the leading Next Wave Cities in the IT-BPM industry by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) considering the strong presence of Business Process Outsourcing companies as well as hundreds of students enrolled in the Information and Communications Technology courses offered by institutions of higher learning.

Meanwhile, DICT is mandated to ensure the security of critical ICT infrastructure including information assets of the government, individuals and businesses; to provide oversight over agencies governing and regulating the ICT sector and ensure consumer protection and welfare; data privacy and security, foster competition and the growth of ICT sector while making sure that the rights of individuals to privacy and confidentiality of their personal information are promoted.