The pandemic that shuts down economic paves the way for exploring transactions electronically. For many, this is a worthwhile and convenient way of doing business and communicating with others. However, this convenience provides an opportunity for an individual or group to take advantage of the situation. Reports show that the number of cyber-attacks in the country was exponential during the first quarter of 2021, reaching around 1.76 million (Statista, 2022).

Likewise, the Philippines is the number 4 target of cyber criminals based on the study conducted by Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) last February 2022. This simply means that Filipinos are feeding frenzy for criminals.

By RA No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the National Forensic Science Training Institute has developed a Program of Instruction (POI) to assist law enforcement agencies in resolving cybercrimes in response to the rising online concerns. The Digital Forensic Investigation Course (DFIC) will be an important training program for many government agencies in bridging the gap between justice and crimes committed online, thanks to NFSTI’s facilities, the pool of subject matter experts, and an excellent track record. The DFIC aims to enhance police functions in investigation and solutions to computer-related offenses are greatly needed to cope with today’s digital world crimes.

Last September 16, 2022, thirty-two (32) individuals graduated from the DFIC from different government and private organizations. The PPSC President, PBGEN FERDINANDO G SEVILLA (Ret.), MPSA, is the Keynote Speaker of the ceremony.

In his speech, he challenged the graduates to apply all the knowledge acquired in the training program to increase the conviction rate of law enforcement agencies. The President reiterated that the course will continue to evolve and be a credential in the next career after the service in law enforcement. The DFIC can be laddered to advance courses related to digital forensic courses for career advancement.

The participants become digital investigators of several industries like Financial Technology and others. He emphasized that the NFSTI is with the government thrust to have a digital crime-free community and serve justice to the victim of a crime committed online. Generally, the developing countries including the Philippines still need more support and training to ensure forensically sound digital investigation results, President Sevilla added. The graduate of this course is capable of managing and organizing online investigations. The holistic learning gained from this course is truly a remarkable effort that will SURGE and ACCELERATE the Philippine Public Safety Colleges’ commitment to the country toward peaceful, progressive, and sustainable digital communities.

The graduates of the Digital Forensic Investigation Course with (seating left to right) DR. JOSEPH B. BACAREZA, MPA, C, Admin, NFTI, ATTY. ALVIN S. OCAMPO, MPSA, C,ILO, DR. JEZREEL B. VICENTE, Dean, PCCR, MR. ERNESTO C. VIDAL, OIC-NFSTI, President, PBGEN FERDINANDO G SEVILLA (Ret.), MPSA, JSSUPT LEONALYN O OLOAN, MPSA, Acting Director, PPSA, DR. GERRY J. CAÑO, President, PCAP, FSUPT MARICELIA L ANTONIO (Ret.), Dean of Academics, PPSA, BOII JOSEPH T. FORD, AMLC, and VERGEL O. SANTIAGO, C, Admin/Research and Academics, NFSTI.