The Cabinet plans to establish a shared platform for coordination on information-security efforts aimed at operators of the nation’s critical infrastructure, a source said yesterday.
The platform would allow a coordinated response in the event that information security is compromised and critical systems such as power distribution or transportation networks are affected, the source said.
The government’s information security department would also assist the Ministry of Science and Technology to develop ways to protect sensitive information, the source said.
The efforts are part of a bid to protect information related to the government’s Forward-looking Development Project in the face of numerous attacks from Chinese hackers and other international threats, the source said, adding that the ministry is to fund the research.
Premier Lin Chuan (林全), who has described information security as an important component of national security, last week called on the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior and other government departments to report on their confidence in the security of the sensitive information at their command.
The Cabinet approved a cybersecurity draft bill on April 27 and has submitted it to the legislature for approval. It is expected to be passed at the legislature’s next general assembly meeting.
The bill is aimed at protecting government departments’ computer systems and digital information, as well as other vital security interests such as electrical power grids, water reservoirs, transportation systems, financial institutions, communications networks, emergency medical facilities and high-tech industrial parks.
The bill would require certain institutions to enact plans for carrying out the protection of their computer systems and sensitive information, as well as to appoint bodies to implement and supervise the moves.
Those who fail to do so by a specified deadline would face fines of between NT$100,000 and NT$1 million (US$3,321 and US$33,214), the bill stipulates.
Some lawmakers believe that a reward system for compliance should be used in place of fines, a viewpoint that has sparked ongoing discussion related to the bill.
However, lawmakers are in consensus regarding the inclusion of the eight industries specified in the bill, which is less than the 16 industries outlined in the equivalent US cybersecurity bill and the 13 included in Japan’s bill.
The US bill includes the chemical and nuclear-material industries within its scope.
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged Beijing to respect the median line of the Taiwan Strait by immediately stopping its military intimidation of Taiwan, as such actions would only hurt the feelings of Taiwanese. Beijing should immediately stop making military provocations against Taiwan, Ma wrote on Facebook after Chinese warplanes in the past week have made numerous forays across the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. Although it has never officially acknowledged the median line, Beijing used to respect it, Ma said in response to comments on Monday by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌), who said
IDENTITY: The time is right to press on with a referendum, as the nation has heightened visibility and support in the global community, the Taiwan United Nations Alliance said The Taiwan United Nations Alliance yesterday said that it is considering launching a petition for a referendum proposal to have the nation join the UN under the name “Taiwan.” Alliance chairman Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) was joined at a news conference in Taipei by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Huang Hsiu-fang (黃秀芳) and leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and civic organizations. They said that it is the right time for a petition because Taiwan’s visibility on the world stage has increased, as it has been praised for its success in containing its COVID-19 outbreak and for helping other countries by sharing
An advertisement displayed in the corridor of the underground Taipei City Mall has caused contention online with social media users saying that it depicts Taiwanese bears as servants of Chinese pandas. The advertisement — which imitates the style of an ancient Chinese painting, but replaces people with bears — shows a scene in imperial China, with Formosan black bears laboring, while pandas relax and enjoy beverages. “The development of the tourism industry is important, but this type of targeted advertising is extremely disrespectful — and it makes people uncomfortable,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Chen E-jun (陳怡君) said. The advertisement, under