• Taiwan strengthens defenses against cyberattacks


    TAIPEI: The Taiwanese government is committed to staving off the threat of cyberattacks by implementing across-the-board improvements to the country’s information security system, according to Vice Premier Chang San-cheng.

    “We are determined to maintain heightened vigilance in today’s increasingly dangerous Internet environment,” Chang said. “No effort will be spared in rolling out a wide range of preventive measures,” he added.

    The government has experienced an annual average of 300-plus intrusion attempts over the past three years, according to the Cabinet-level Information and Communication Security Technology Center (ICST). Although minor, they were especially prevalent during last April’s student demonstrations and the year-end local elections nationwide.

    Chang said a three-tier online security management mechanism was established last year by the government involving the ICST, Ministry of Science and Technology and National Information and Communication Security Taskforce. “This initiative puts Taiwan in a secure position to carry out an array of monitoring, prevention and response measures,” he added.

    Tasked with overseeing the mechanism, Chang said it is also responsible for auditing the security, management and technology implementation strategies of 20 key government agencies. “We also perform regular online drills in assisting the Presidential Office, ministries and local governments identify and rectify vulnerabilities in their websites,” he said.

    “These efforts are expected to pay handsome dividends going forward and further protect Taiwan from increasingly rampant cyberattacks,” he added.



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