Cybersecurity Leaders Discuss Data Security at 3rd ISOG I AM SECURE Metaverse Forum 2022


The Information Security Executives Group (ISOG), the leading information security professional organization in the Philippines, organized the 3rd of its “METAVERSE I AM SECURE” virtual forum series on July 21. Under the theme Traversing Beyond the Realm of Cyberspace, the forum focused on how information security professionals can prepare privacy and security strategies as the industry pivots to the metaverse.

Archie Tolentino, chairman of ISOG and director of information technology security at Land Bank of the Philippines, encouraged his industry colleagues to work together to explore how to maximize the full potential of the metaverse without putting endanger the safety of users. “Our theme – beyond cyberspace – encapsulates our goal to pursue and promote cybersecurity while exploring the endless possibilities of digital transformation.”

The gathering of more than 500 local and international decision makers, C-level executives and cybersecurity experts was graced with the presence of the Executive Director of the National Privacy Commission, Atty. Ivin Ronald DM Alzona, keynote speaker at the forum. Likewise, forum attendees learned from the perspectives 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 experiences during the forum were Biswajit De, Technical Director of TREND MICRO for Southeast Asia; Ng Tock Hiong, VMWare Director for Specialized Solutions Engineering, Networking and Security, Southeast Asia and Korea; Daniel Kwong, FORTINET Field Chief Information Security Officer Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Region; Chris Thomas, EXTRAHOP Senior Security Advisor; Steve Ledzian, vice president and chief technology officer of MANDIANT, Asia-Pacific; and Yiftach Keshet, SILVERFORT Product Marketing Manager.

Hacktivism in the metaverse and the reimagining of its impact on consumers, these were raised during a roundtable, which allowed the panelist to present his ideas on the challenges of new technology, and responded to several questions from industry experts via the chat section of the virtual event. The roundtable was moderated by Ricson Singson Que, CEO and President of SQrity Consulting, and Justin Pineda, President and Principal Consultant of Pineda Cybersecurity.

“With the dawn of the metaverse upon us, privacy and digital security principles should be built in from the start. If we are guided by these general principles, then we will be better able to discuss new challenges related to these technologies as they arise,” said Chito Jacinto, ISOG Vice President and President of the Forum.

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 Life Safety Commission private sector and the Department of Information and Communications Technology. The media partners of this event are the Filipino Daily Researcher, Business world, DIGI.PHand Backend News.

The final leg of the ISOG Metaverse Forum Series will be held virtually on September 1.

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

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