The National Institute of Cyber Security, Taiwan's first independent administrative institution focusing on cybersecurity, opened on Feb. 10 with President Tsai Ing-wen in attendance. Taiwan has been hit with a spate of high-profile personal data leaks in recent weeks and efforts are underway to revise laws and hike fines.
Tsai Ing-wen, ROC President: “Unveil the sign. The National Institute of Cyber Security is officially open.”
The Ministry of Digital Affairs was established last August. On the 10th, the National Institute of Cyber Security opened with President Tsai Ing-wen in attendance.
Tsai Ing-wen, ROC President: “Cybersecurity is continuous and sophisticated risk management. In the face of omnipresent cybersecurity challenges, we have to continue strengthening our response management mechanisms to achieve excellent cybersecurity defense. That is to say, we need to improve our digital immunity.”
Tsai said cybersecurity is national security and she wants to establish a stronger cybersecurity defense system and a safer, more stable digital environment. Taiwan has been hit by a series of high-profile data leaks in recent weeks.
Cheng Wen-tsan, Vice Premier: “We will be handing down penalty policies, including for the iRent (incident), within two weeks. The Personal Data Protection Act hasn't been amended in 10 years. Fines are currently in the NT$20,000 to NT$200,000 range. This is too light. We are promoting revisions to raise the fine.”
Audrey Tang, Digital Affairs Minister: “Any incident involving a government agency that has citizen data must comply. Our zero trust and T-road security systems will be implemented and government agencies and the National Institute of Cyber Security will work together to improve the systemic structure.”
“Minister, are you going to address the data leak problem?”Audrey Tang declined to answer any follow-up questions. In the future, the National Institute of Cyber Security will focus on two missions: establishing zero-trust mechanisms at government agencies to prevent data theft; and bringing government agencies into data leak prevention coordination mechanisms. The institute will hire cybersecurity experts to develop autonomous systems and create a cybersecurity environment that citizens can trust.