Cybersecurity leaders discuss data security at the 3rd ISOG I AM SECURE Metaverse Forum 2022


The Information Security Officers Group (ISOG), the leading information security professional organization in the Philippines, hosted the 3rdapprox Part of his virtual forum series METAVERSE I AM SECURE on July 21st. Themed, Traversing Beyond the Realm of Cyberspace, the forum focused on how information security professionals can prepare privacy and security strategies as the industry moves toward the metaverse.

Archie Tolentino, President of ISOG and Chief Information Technology Security Officer of Land Bank of the Philippines, encouraged industry peers to work together to figure out how to maximize the Metaverse’s full potential without compromising user security. “Our theme – traversing cyberspace – embodies our purpose to pursue and advance cybersecurity while navigating the endless possibilities of digital transformation.”

The gathering of more than 500 local and international decision-makers, C-level executives and cybersecurity professionals was honored by the presence of the Executive Director of the National Privacy Commission, Atty. Ivin Ronald DM Alzona, Forum keynote speaker. Likewise, forum attendees learned from the views and experiences of guest speaker, Government Service and Insurance System, Chief Information Security Officer and Data Protection Officer, Jonathan Pineda.

Other experts who shared their knowledge and experience during the forum included Biswajit De, TREND MICRO Technical Manager for Southeast Asia; Ng Tock Hiong, VMWare Director for Specialist Solution Engineering, Networking & Security, Southeast Asia & Korea; Daniel Kwong, FORTINET Field Chief Information Security Officer Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Region; Chris Thomas, EXTRAHOP Senior Safety Advisor; Steve Ledzian, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, MANDIANT, Asia Pacific; and Yiftach Keshet, Product Marketing Lead at SILVERFORT.

Hacktivism in the Metaverse and reshaping its impact on consumers was addressed during a panel discussion that allowed panellists to share their insights into the challenges posed by the new technology and answered multiple questions from industry experts through the chat section of the virtual event. The panel discussion was moderated by SQrity Consulting Chief Executive Officer and President Ricson Singson Que and Pineda Cybersecurity President and Principal Consultant Justin Pineda.

“With the beginning of the metaverse, the principles of privacy and digital security should be built in from the start. If we are guided by these overarching principles, we will be better at discussing new challenges with these technologies as they arise,” said Chito Jacinto, ISOG Vice President and Forum Chair.

Organized by XMS, the Metaverse 2022 Forum Series is one of ISOG’s cybersecurity awareness programs in partnership with Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bankers Association of the Philippines, National Privacy Commission and the Department of Information and Communications Technology. Media partners for this event are the Philippine Daily Inquirer, BusinessWorld, DIGI.PH and Backend News.

The final leg of the ISOG Metaverse forum series will take place virtually on September 1st.

Since 2015, ISOG has been organizing programs and events to raise cybersecurity awareness and secure network infrastructure in the Philippines. For more details about ISOG and its campaigns, visit ISOG’s official website at and socials at LinkedIn: ISOG (Information Security Officers Group), Facebook: ISOGPH, YouTube channel: ISOG SUMMIT.

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