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Executive Yuan announces new security office

UPGRADE:A spokesman said that a previous office might have posed a threat to information security. He said the new department would have more staff

By Lee Shin-fang  /  Staff reporter

The Executive Yuan yesterday announced it would create an information and communication security department, which is to be launched on Aug. 1, to show the government’s determination to boost information security.

The planned department is to perform similar functions as the previous administration’s Information Security Office.

Cabinet spokesman Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) said that the new department would expand on the previous office’s role, while its security level would be raised from Grade 3 to Grade 2 and the Institute for Information Industry would report directly to the new department without having to go through the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The new department is to have 21 staff members, including 16 permanent positions. Of the personnel, six are to be provided by the Executive Yuan and 10 by the ministry, while five are to be sent from other ministries. The Information Security Office has 12 staff, Tung said.

The director is to be National Development Council official Chien Hung-wei (簡宏偉), he said.

The National Security Office was tied to the act for establishing the national information safety center, which New Power Party (NPP) and Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers revoked in May.

Tung said the NPP had proposed revoking the act because it believed that it contradicted other laws.

The previous office was for technical service and development, but its existence could have opened holes in information security, he said.

With the creation of the new department, the Executive Yuan plans to bring in high-level information security managers to help implement the government’s information security policies, Tung said.

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