Enhancing Filipino Cybersecurity Skills: TESDA and CybersCool Defcon Join Forces

TESDA has partnered with CybersCool Defcon, Inc. to enhance cybersecurity skills in the Filipino workforce. The agreement was signed on March 6, 2024 by TESDA Director General Suharto T. Mangudadatu and CybersCool Defcon Chairperson Reynato S. Puno at the TESDA Auditorium in Taguig City.

TESDA and CybersCool Defcon will offer cybersecurity and IT training, assessment, and certification to qualified individuals, including unemployed or underemployed Filipinos aged 18 and above, and certain public sector workers. The partnership aims to improve TESDA competency standards, training regulations, and IT infrastructure to better address emerging cyber threats.

Enhancing Filipino Cybersecurity Skills: TESDA and CybersCool Defcon Join Forces

What is CybersCool Defcon, Inc?

CybersCool Defcon is a global company dedicated to providing comprehensive education and training to the current workforce, including both government and private sectors.


  • To deliver skills training, assessment, and certification in cybersecurity and other IT-related fields to qualified beneficiaries.
  • To enhance TESDA’s internal IT infrastructure through the donation of facilities, equipment, supplies, applications, and cybersecurity software.
  • To collaborate on the development, improvement, and validation of TESDA’s competency standards (CS), Training Regulations (TR), competency assessment tools (CATs), and competency-based curriculums (CBC).
  • To support the cybersecurity policy directives issued by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., as outlined in the National Cybersecurity Plan of 2023-2028.

Target Beneficiaries

  • Filipinos aged 18 and above or graduates of high school
  • Unemployed or underemployed individuals in the private sector
  • Other beneficiaries from the public sector in accordance with TESDA’s agreement with concerned government agencies/instrumentalities

How to Benefit from the Partnership

There are several ways individuals and organizations can benefit from the TESDA-CybersCool Defcon, Inc. partnership to enhance their cybersecurity skills:

  • Enroll in Training Programs – Access cybersecurity training programs through TESDA and CybersCool Defcon, Inc. to acquire valuable skills for protecting against cyber threats.
  • Participate in Assessments and Certifications – Validate your skills through assessment and certification processes, enhancing employability in cybersecurity.
  • Utilize Donated Facilities and Equipment – Leverage donated facilities, equipment, and supplies from CybersCool Defcon, Inc. for cybersecurity training and development.
  • Collaborate in Curriculum Development – Contribute to the development of competency standards, training regulations, assessment tools, and curricula related to cybersecurity.
  • Promote Cyber Threat Awareness – Help spread awareness about cyber threats and protection strategies through TESDA’s initiatives and by sharing your knowledge with others.

Types of Training Offered

  • Cybersecurity Training Program – This training program focuses on providing individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to protect computer systems, networks, and data from cyber threats.
  • IT-related Training Program – This program covers a wide range of topics related to information technology such as coding, web development, database management, and more.
  • Competency-based Training Program – TESDA competency-based training programs are designed to equip individuals with the practical skills needed for specific job roles in various industries.


The partnership between TESDA and CybersCool Defcon, Inc. seeks to improve cybersecurity skills within the Filipino workforce through comprehensive training, assessment, and certification programs. This collaboration will benefit individuals and contribute to TESDA’s competency standards and the nation’s overall preparedness against cyber threats. Together, we can foster a safer digital environment for all Filipinos.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 8887-7777
  • Email: contactcenter@tesda.gov.ph
  • Facebook: @tesdaofficial
  • Text Only: 0917-479-4370
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