Words by Maria Gay Advincula, MCS 2024 candidate

Master in Cybersecurity (MCS) cohort 2024, through its Academic Program Director, Prof. Philip Kwa, hosted a cybersecurity awareness session on September 16, 2023, entitled “Cyber Security Hygiene Practices in Protecting Digital Assets”. The session was conducted by Mario Demarillas, an MCS 2024 candidate, at the Asian Institute of Management-Aboitiz Techspace, which engaged cohorts from MCS, OMBA, MDM, iMBA, GSB Recruitment, and AIM Staff.

In today’s interconnected world, understanding the essence of cybersecurity is essential. The session allowed cohorts to build a conceptual understanding of digital security, emphasizing fundamental cybersecurity principles. Key cybersecurity controls, the pillars of a secure digital environment, were thoroughly discussed. These controls serve as a strategic framework for individuals and organizations, encouraging proactive measures to safeguard digital assets. Furthermore, participants explored common cybersecurity risks that organizations may encounter. This knowledge is pivotal in developing effective strategies for risk mitigation.


The session’s highlight was the live simulation of cyber-attack scenarios, an experience that offered cohorts valuable insights into cybercriminals’ tactics, tools, and techniques. This served as a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity measures in our digital lives.

Prof. Philip Kwa’s presence added an academic dimension to the seminar, highlighting the significance of cybersecurity education within our business community.

In a world where digital threats continue to evolve, understanding the basics of cybersecurity is a valuable skill. The session demonstrated that we can build a digital environment where individuals and organizations are better equipped to protect their digital assets. As we navigate the digital age, let us appreciate the importance of cybersecurity education and embrace our roles as responsible digital citizens to achieve digital trust.