TKC pact aims to foster digital skills
SET-listed digital solutions provider Turnkey Communication Services (TKC) has reached a three-year cooperation agreement with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a global tech group that sets standards for IT and cybersecurity certificates, for the provision of training courses in Thailand to boost people's digital skills.
Through the cooperation, TKC will become the sole agent for CompTIA to provide support and expand the business of CompTIA's partners in the country through courses and online training, from basic IT knowledge to professional cybersecurity level.
According to a report produced by the National Statistical Office in 2021, there were 523,000 workers in the Thai ICT industry and 20% of them need cybersecurity knowledge to deal with critical challenges, said Sayam Tiewtranon, chief executive and managing director of TKC.
He said ICT training courses are necessary for at least half of ICT workers in the country. The market value of such training amounts to 5 billion baht with spending of 20,000 baht per person, said Mr Sayam.
Cybersecurity is one of the six smart solution segments TKC aims to pursue as the nation undergoes a digital transformation, he said. The other segments are smart hospitals, smart airports, smart platforms, smart government and smart farming.
The stability of IT systems is essential to critical information infrastructure (CII) handled by organisations, such as businesses, government agencies and educational institutions, he said.
Through the cooperation, TKC can raise the standard of digital and cybersecurity skills among local workers, which can reduce the risk of cyberthreats in the country, said Mr Sayam.
TKC aims for more than 1,200 participants in its online training for CII at the basic level, while more than 300 people are expected to join the expert level training.
The firm's services include exams for diploma certificates covering international standards, as well as consulting, designing and deploying cybersecurity systems.
Peter Schalkwijk, vice-president of CompTIA for Asia-Pacific, said cybersecurity is the most critical agenda for state and private agencies worldwide. The US banking sector faces damages of US$5 billion annually from intrusions into its systems, he said.
Mr Schalkwijk said IT is an enormous market involving services, software and hardware sectors, with more than 75 million people involved worldwide.
CompTIA has accumulated 17 business partners in Thailand since it entered the country a decade ago. The company has issued certificates to more than 3 million IT professionals worldwide, with more than 6 million participants in its training programmes.
Mr Sayam said TKC operates a broad range of ICT businesses, with services for telecom, outsource management, public safety and digital.