Taiwan expands cyber defense: source

Taiwan to expand defensive and offensive cyber capabilities

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(By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In response to a rise in cyber attacks by agents outside of Taiwan, the Taiwanese government is undergoing another recruitment drive for cyber specialists.

An official from the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology told the Liberty Times that the institute will ramp up recruitment of cyber research specialists, and will increase the starting salary of new recruits.

The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology is the premier research and development institute of Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, and is involved in a host of offensive and defensive projects.

The source said the institute is undertaking its second recruitment drive of 2018, and they are looking for 23 people in total. The process of hiring talent is expected to continue for the next few months, as testing will be undertaken into March 2019.

Taiwan’s military is simultaneously recruiting specialists to strengthen the nation’s cyber defenses, as well as to counter growing cyber attacks from China.

The base monthly salary for new recruits with a bachelor’s degree ranges from NT$38,110 to NT$45,000 (US$1250-1475), and this wage can be as high as NT$85,000 for recruits with a doctorate degree.