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2021-12-09 19:55
Department of International Cooperation

Strengthen the cybersecurity communication and improve protection awareness among Taiwan, U.S. industries

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In order to deepen Taiwan-U.S. cybersecurity cooperation and to boost cybersecurity awareness in the growing 5G and AIoT sectors, the Department of International Cooperation (ICD) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) held a Seminar on Cybersecurity Strategy for 5G-AIoT Industry in Asia New Bay Area on Dec. 9 at the Kaohsiung Software Science Park in southern Taiwan. Seven experts from various sectors were invited to give keynote presentations, covering a range of topics from supply chains and big data to AI and machine learning. More than 100 participants took part in the seminar to exchange practical experience and jointly promote 5G-AIoT development for innovative industries in Asia New Bay Area and the latest thinking on cybersecurity.

In his opening speech, ICD Director General Liao noted that Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the AIT co-organized the 2021 U.S.-Taiwan Cybersecurity Cooperation Strategy Forum this past November and that government-to-government and private sector cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S. in the field of cybersecurity has been close. In addition, the two sides signed a joint declaration on 5G wireless communications networks security in August 2020. Cybersecurity threats stemming from 5G infrastructure and services include potential risks to supply chains and key infrastructure, so cybersecurity will be key to rapidly promoting the combining of the AIoT and 5G sectors. Furthermore, Taiwan is renowned for its hardware manufacturing, and the U.S. is a global leader in cybersecurity software technology, so combining these strengths and enhancing Taiwan-U.S cybersecurity exchanges will be a focus of future industry development, he said.

Meanwhile, Mason Yu, chief of the AIT Kaohsiung Branch, stressed in his speech the importance of cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S. and also encouraged Kaohsiung to develop Asia New Bay Area into a smart city equipped with 5G and AIoT technology. He added that constant and vigorous efforts are needed to develop effective cybersecurity defenses against potential network attacks on key infrastructure providers and advanced process manufacturers.

Also speaking at the opening, Tai-Hsiang Liao, director general of Economic Development of Kaohsiung City Government, said that Asia New Bay Area has become a Taiwan high-tech industry corridor and a test bed for 5G-AIoT technology and applications. He added that the municipal government has also been actively promoting smart city development and focusing on development of the cybersecurity sector, including with respect to issues surrounding IoT equipment, autonomous vehicles and enterprise resource planning, with emphasis on reducing cybersecurity risks to business operations.

Experts from cybersecurity firms shared their insights regarding countering cybersecurity threats, such as with respect to establishing risk management structures, adopting effective strategies against supply chain attacks, and blocking ransomware intrusions with zero-trust architecture. All these strategies require constant adjustment and revision according to the latest cybersecurity technology and external threats in order to ensure maximum protection against potential cyberattacks, they said.

Following the U.S. government's launch of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework late last year, the MOEA has taken the lead in planning a similar mechanism to assess the cybersecurity maturity of Taiwan firms in order to assist them in meeting cybersecurity standards and serving as trusted supply chain partners delivering reliable products and services.

5G and AIoT are both key areas of Taiwan-U.S. industry cooperation. It is expected that through bilateral cybersecurity cooperation and industrial technology exchanges, more southern Taiwan sectors, when developing 5G-AIoT, will be able to enhance their cybersecurity capabilities and establish long-term cooperative relationships based on mutual trust and interdependence through the Taiwan-U.S. connection.