President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 11 that no stone is being left unturned in strengthening Taiwan’s cybersecurity industry in line with the goals and objectives of the government’s five-plus-two innovative industries plan.
Cybersecurity is one of the most important of the six core strategic industries founded on the plan, Tsai said. This is evidenced by strong legislative support in the form of amendments to the National Security Act in 2019 and passage of the Cybersecurity Management Act in 2018, she added.
Tsai made the remarks during the opening ceremony of CYBERSEC 2020 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
Organized with the support of the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology, Cabinet-level National Communications Commission and the Cabinet’s Department of Cybersecurity, the two-day event showcases the latest related products from over 250 global and Taiwan R&D brands.
According to Tsai, the number of cyberattacks is on the rise in Taiwan as malevolent actors seek to take advantage of an open internet and liberal social media environment. Left unchecked, the attempted theft of business-related data and intellectual property poses a threat to Taiwan’s freedom and democracy, she said.
The government is responding to this challenge by integrating the development of cybersecurity, information and communication technology, the internet and telecommunications, Tsai said. In addition, a data-driven active defense system aimed at bolstering the resilience and security of Taiwan’s critical infrastructure is in the pipeline, she added.
One of the central planks in this approach, Tsai said, is promoting a partnership between Taiwan’s public and private sectors, as well as like-minded partners in the international community. By sharing information, it is possible to efficiently and swiftly strengthen the country’s digital defenses, she added.
Launched in 2016, the five-plus-two innovative industries plan fosters the development of the biotech and pharmaceuticals, green energy, national defense, smart machinery and Internet of Things sectors, as well as the circular economy and a new paradigm for agricultural development. (TYT-E)
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