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Cabinet considers action plan to promote cybersecurity industry


Premier Lai Ching-te on Thursday said that the government's promotion of the cybersecurity industry is an important part of efforts to implement President Tsai Ing-wen's "cybersecurity is national security" policy. Aside from supporting the development of the digital economy and transformation of Taiwan into a smart digital nation, such work also benefits young people as they develop individual strengths and talents.

The remarks came following a presentation by the Executive Yuan's Department of Cyber Security (DCS) on an action plan for the development of the cybersecurity industry.

In addition to strongly advocating for the passage of a cybersecurity management law, in 2017 the Executive Yuan began investing what will total NT$11 billion (US$377 million) by 2020 into cybersecurity efforts under the national technology development plan and the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, said the premier.

The DCS action plan is expected to draw on the combined advantages of Taiwan's semiconductor, integrated circuit, and information and communications technology industries to provide for such cybersecurity industry needs as training venues, talent cultivation, technological research and development, and increased export sales. Also available for this effort will be the integrated resources of existing government programs, including the "five plus two" innovative industries plan, the New Southbound Policy, and talent recruitment and retention programs.

Moving forward, the Executive Yuan will lead the way in establishing and promoting industry standards and certifications in order to build a strong brand for Taiwan's enterprises and furnish a sound and secure cyber environment for key domestic infrastructure. This work will also support and assist Taiwan's cybersecurity industry as local firms seek to conquer global markets.

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