Date: Nov 13, 2016
By: Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer
A new draft cybersecurity bill that aims to protect sensitive government information is to rank government agencies on a three-tier system according to the data they handle, sources said.
A total of 123 key government institutions, including the Presidential Office, the National Security Council, the Executive Yuan, the Ministry of National Defense and the National Security Bureau, have been identified by the Executive Yuan as tier-A organizations in terms of information security interests, a source who declined to be named said.
The institutions would be required to conform to semiannual inspections, as well as conduct cyberattack response drills at least once a year.
While relations between China and Taiwan seemingly thawed during former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) tenure, former premier Simon Chang (張善政) had previously acknowledged that attacks on Taiwan’s computer systems by Chinese hackers were still frequent at that time. [FULL STORY]