Sep 03, 2018CultureComments Off on Information security alliance formed in Taiwan
Taipei, An alliance has been set up by local enterprises and related groups in Taiwan to strengthen the country's ability to ensure information security, the Taipei Computer Association (TCA) said Monday.
In a statement, the TCA said the presence of the new partnership -- the Information Security Application Services Alliance -- is expected to help Taiwan's industries build their own information security platforms and boost the country's global competitiveness.
Information security has become a buzz word in Taiwan, especially after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) suffered a computer virus attack in August.
The attack -- which stemmed from infected software not having been isolated before being installed -- affected a number of computer systems and fab tools at TSMC's production sites in Taiwan and is estimated to have cut the company's sales for the third quarter by less than 2 percent from its previous estimated range of between US$8.45 billion and US$8.55 billion.
The establishment of the alliance was announced in a seminar held by the Cabinet's task force for the country's digital innovation for economic development, DIGI+, in Taipei.
The new alliance is led by Hung Wei-kan (???), who is an advisor to DIGI+ as well as the president of Trend Micro Inc.'s Taiwan and Hong Kong's operations. Trend Micro is a leading Taiwan-based cybersecurity solution provider.
Hung said about 40 percent of Taiwan's enterprises are upgrading their digital technology to raise their competitive edge so they could face the challenges of how to boost information security.
The alliance, Hung said, is expected to serve as a bridge between cybersecurity solution providers and the companies seeking protection.
He said the alliance is determined to help local firms to strengthen their capability to protect their data in the cyber world, which is expected to push up their production value.
The TCA said the alliance aims to cultivate a talent pool for information security development in Taiwan, and has also set its sights on the global market in hopes of gaining a higher share in this sector.
The TAC added that it has faith that the information security industry will become the next driver to Taiwan's economic growth.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel