Cyber exercise co-organized by Taiwan and US gets underway in Taipei

AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene delivers an address at the Taiwan-U.S. co-organized Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercise running through Nov. 8 in Taipei City. (CNA)
AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene delivers an address at the Taiwan-U.S. co-organized Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercise running through Nov. 8 in Taipei City. (CNA)
 
The first ever Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercise got underway Nov. 4 in Taipei City, spotlighting the government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s resistance to cyberattacks and sharing expertise with like-minded partners.
 
Co-organized by the Cabinet-level Department of Cyber Security and American Institute in Taiwan, the five-day event includes officials and experts from a dozen countries and territories including Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia. The exercise incorporates training sessions on cyber threats, as well as simulated attacks on Taiwan’s government websites and financial institutions.
 
Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai said the exercise provides Taiwan with an invaluable platform to learn from others and share its experiences while furthering transnational anti-crime cooperation. Cyber threats know no borders, making them impossible for any country to combat alone, he added.
 
According to AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene, Taiwan has particular expertise in the realm of network security, with a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and nationwide information sharing system that are among the world’s best.
 
The U.S. is also deepening its cooperation with Taiwan by bringing it into the Department of Homeland Security’s Automated Indictor Sharing System, Greene said, which shares cyber threat indicators at machine speed. Other collaborative plans in the pipeline include the third session of the Digital Economy Forum to be held in December and the establishment of an International Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Taiwan, he added.
 
Statistics from the Department of Cyber Security show that on average over 30 million cross-border attacks were conducted on Taiwan’s public sector per month last year.