When cybersecurity and China are mentioned in the same sentence, it is often about the Asian nation’s alleged role in hacking incidents and theft of intellectual property. With state-sponsored hacking incidents on the rise, the Middle Kingdom recently issued a regulation to tighten its own cybersecurity.

According to Chinese government news agency Xinhua, the document requires mandatory national standards for cybersecurity, protection of personal information and cybersecurity information sharing, among others.

The document, issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Standardization Administration of China, also requires establishing unified national standards “to reduce the burden for companies and to improve the country’s overall cybersecurity,” Xinhua said.

China’s new regulation is very timely, as a recent report by Mandiant found that organizations in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region are unprepared to identify or respond to data breaches, allowing hackers to remain in their networks for three-times longer than the global median. 

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