Training for PKI Users conducted to DICT and CSC employees
Technology today, especially online applications over unsecure network like the Internet, demands more strengthened information security and user integrity. Cybersecurity issues, including the recent hacking incidents among government websites, identity theft, fraud, among others, threaten the security of information being exchanged as well as the integrity of the persons involved in the communication process.
The Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI) aims to address the issue of authenticity, confidentiality, and integrity of information being exchanged via the Internet. One of the DICT’s initiatives popularized by the iGovPhil project, the PKI now allows users of public networks to have secure information exchange.
The recently concluded three-day Training for PKI Users last August 30 to September 1, 2016 conducted by the Capacity Building Component of the Free Wi-Fi Project was an introductory course participated in by technical staff from the DICT Central and Field Operations Offices (FOOs) and from the Civil Service Commission (CSC). A total of 50 participants attended the training.
Prior to the training, participants were asked to prepare and submit the requirements in the application for Digital Certificates.
The modules in the PKI training focused on the benefits of the PKI service, Digital Certificates, Digital Signature, and e-mail signing and encryption. A user-experience on Word and PDF Document-Signing ensued as a practical application. A refresher session on GovMail was also given to reiterate the different features that are not usually being used by GovMail subscribers.
Thanks to the PKI training, participants are now equipped with the capacity to securely send information through the Internet by encrypting data used in e-mail or in online transactions. PKI also ensures that the sender of information is indeed the source and that the information sent was not tampered with during transit. The training participants validated that these are useful applications especially with the kind of documents they handle in their work.
Participants to this introductory course will undergo further trainings as they are expected to be the PKI Registration Authorities (RAs) in their respective offices and clusters. The DICT, through the eight FOOs, plans to roll-out the PKI Trainings nationwide.
Class photo of participants and organizers of the Training for PKI Users with the NCM Director