Taiwan not alone in dealing with cyberattacks: AIT Director

2019 Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises in Taipei enter second phase

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/06
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Brent Christensen

AIT Director Brent Christensen (CNA file photo)

affirmed U.S. collaboration with Taiwan on cybersecurity, as a five-day series of cyberwarfare exercises entered the second phase on Wednesday (Nov. 6) in Taipei.

Opening the second phase of the 2019 Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises, jointly organized for the first time by Taiwanese and U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. counterparts, including the U.S. 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.

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