Taiwan not alone in dealing with cyberattacks: AIT director

08-Nov-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

2019 Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises in Taipei enter second phase

Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Brent Christensen affirmed US collaboration with Taiwan on cybersecurity, as a five-day series of cyberwarfare exercises entered the second phase on Wednesday (November 6) in Taipei.

Opening the second phase of the 2019 Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises, jointly organised for the first time by Taiwanese and US authorities, the director stressed the event should send a message to the world that “Taiwan is not alone on cyber.”

“The United States stands with you [Taiwan], side by side, as a friend and partner,” said Christensen. He added that every country that share similar values should join the US and Taiwan to collectively bolster cyber defenses.

Representatives from more than a dozen countries have been invited to the exercises, prepared by Taiwan’s cyber security agencies and their US counterparts, including the US Department of Homeland Security. “We must protect our intellectual property from cyber theft, our infrastructure from sabotage, and our democracies from interference by authoritarian states,” said the director.

Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai remarked that Taiwan is at the frontline of organised cyberattacks, which any individual country would find formidable to tackle. He thus called for cross-national collaboration and to build a joint defense shield to counter various threats on the internet.

The five-day event focuses on combatting cyber threats from North Korea and authoritarian actors that aim to utilise the openness of democratic countries and their networks to achieve subversion or sow division. According to Foreign minister Joseph Wu, Taiwan and the US are also discussing the establishment of an International Cybersecurity centre of Excellence.

Speaking at the Legislative Yuan on Wednesday morning, Wu, nevertheless, declined to disclose further details on how Taiwan and the US would work on building the centre. Even so, acting AIT director Raymond Greene said on Monday the centre would provide a platform for “close public and private sector cooperation on cybersecurity, both here in Taiwan and for the whole Indo-Pacific region, especially when it comes to network security, 5G, and emerging technology cybersecurity standards.”



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