Taiwan names Vice Premier as Cabinet head of information security

Increasing cyber attacks from China have prompted new legislation

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Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai

Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) will serve concurrently as head of the Cabinet department for information security, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced Friday.

In the wake of increasing cyber attacks allegedly originating in China, Chen will bear the task of designing a national-level information security policy, the Liberty Times reported. His mission will include the coordination between government ministries and departments in their fight to safeguard online security.

According to a new law which went into effect last January 1, each ministry has to appoint an official in charge of Internet security, usually a deputy minister or another suitable person.

Chen, a former Democratic Progressive Party legislator, took office as vice premier last month after losing the November 24 election for mayor of Kaohsiung.