Taiwan Urged to Prioritize Domestic Production for Information Security

Cybersecurity experts are advising Taiwan to focus on local development and production of information security software and hardware systems in order to enhance national security. While the government has made efforts to strengthen information security management and establish dedicated departments, the Executive Yuan’s list of information security software manufacturers is still dominated by foreign companies. In light of Taiwan’s vulnerability to cyberattacks due to its geopolitical status, experts emphasize the need to prioritize domestic production to protect critical information.

The growing reliance on cloud systems and artificial intelligence in various industries further increases the risks of information security breaches. To address this, experts suggest that the government collaborate with private industry to bolster cybersecurity capabilities, similar to Taiwan’s approach to developing naval warships. Local development of information security products is crucial as relying solely on major international companies does not guarantee reliability.

While there is consensus that information security is a key industry in Taiwan, there is a lack of regulations governing the sourcing of information security products. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Puma Shen highlights the importance of defining what qualifies as “made in Taiwan” in order to draft relevant legislation. However, the development of information security products requires extensive data collection and significant capital, which might pose challenges for Taiwanese start-ups.

Furthermore, the shortage of skilled professionals in the industry exacerbates the situation. The demand for network security analysts and managers exceeds the available workforce by approximately 80,000 people. The training process for these roles involves a background in information technology, legal training, and field-specific experience. Despite the active efforts of listed companies in providing training, it is challenging to keep up with the talent gap and the industry’s rapid expansion.

Ultimately, prioritizing local development and production of information security software and hardware systems is crucial for Taiwan to ensure the security and protection of critical information. Strengthening cybersecurity capabilities through collaboration between the government and private sector will be key in addressing the nation’s cybersecurity challenges.

FAQ Section:

1. Why is focusing on local development and production of information security software and hardware systems important for Taiwan?
Focusing on local development and production of information security software and hardware systems is important for Taiwan to enhance national security and protect critical information. Taiwan’s geopolitical status makes it vulnerable to cyberattacks, and relying solely on foreign companies for information security products does not guarantee reliability.

2. How can Taiwan address the risks of information security breaches caused by the growing reliance on cloud systems and artificial intelligence?
To address these risks, experts suggest that the government collaborate with private industry to bolster cybersecurity capabilities. Similar to Taiwan’s approach to developing naval warships, local development of information security products is crucial.

3. What challenges do Taiwanese start-ups face in developing information security products?
The development of information security products requires extensive data collection and significant capital, which might pose challenges for Taiwanese start-ups. This can make it difficult for them to enter the market and compete with established international companies.

4. What is the impact of the shortage of skilled professionals in the information security industry in Taiwan?
The demand for network security analysts and managers exceeds the available workforce by approximately 80,000 people. The training process for these roles involves a background in information technology, legal training, and field-specific experience. Despite efforts to provide training, it is challenging to keep up with the talent gap and the industry’s rapid expansion.

Definitions:

Information security software and hardware systems: Refers to software and hardware designed to protect digital information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction.

Geopolitical status: Refers to the political and geographical position of a country, often used to describe how it impacts a country’s relationships with other nations and its vulnerability to certain risks or threats.

Cloud systems: Refers to the use of remote servers to store, manage, and process data, allowing users to access data and applications over the internet rather than on local servers or personal computers.

Artificial intelligence: Refers to the development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, and decision-making.

Training process: Refers to the process of educating and developing the skills and knowledge of individuals in a specific field, in this case, the information security industry.

Suggested Related Links:
Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan
Cyber Information Security Association of Taiwan