U.S., Taiwan Tighten Cybersecurity Cooperation

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By Yu-Tzu Chiu

May 24 — The U.S. and Taiwan have agreed to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation, further tightening the commercial ties between the two markets, a U.S. official said in Taipei May 24.

To promote bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity and the digital economy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry & Analysis Marcus Jadotte led a trade mission of more than a dozen U.S. companies, such as Cisco Systems Inc., Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., to Taipei shortly after Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in May 20

A Statement of Intent was signed in Taipei May 24 by Jadotte, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce, with the Taipei Computer Association.

“This Statement calls for both sides to explore ways to work together to counter cybersecurity risks and make the Internet a safer place for individuals and businesses,” Jadotte said in his remarks at the 2016 U.S.-Taiwan Cyber Security Forum held in Taipei.

Stressing Taiwan is the ninth largest trading partner for the U.S., Jadotte said cybersecurity issues impact the bilateral commercial relationship in a deep way. He said the Statement of Intent will also pave the way for closer cooperation and sharing of best practices and market research.

Jadotte said cybersecurity is a top priority for the U.S. and the Congress is considering cybersecurity legislation aimed at improving information sharing and addressing data breaches.

Adam Sedgewick of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provided a brief on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework at the forum, which provides a common language for any organization to understand, manage and express cybersecurity risk, both internally and externally.

U.S.-Taiwan Collaboration

In Taipei, Jadotte and the U.S. delegation were received by Premier Lin Chuan and President Tsai.

Lin said that, regarding the bilateral collaboration on cybersecurity, Taiwan can contribute a lot because its information and communications technology industry has been quite competitive.

"Taiwan is on the way to an innovation-driven country. The challenges of information applications and the management of cybersecurity risk are so critical that effective total solutions must be needed," Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tsung-Tsong said at the forum.

Tsai said it's meaningful that President Obama is establishing the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Framework.

“My administration is making efforts to enhance Taiwan's cybersecurity measures,” Tsai said.

According to Tsai, the Internet of things is one of priorities for her administration. The enhancement of cybersecurity policies and regulatory infrastructure is key to future success of commercial activities online, she said.

Regarding bilateral economic relations, Tsai said Taiwan's delegation to Washington for the SelectUSA Investment Summit in June will seek investment opportunities, further benefiting U.S. economy.

“A must mention is that we hope the U.S. keeps showing its support for Taiwan's participating in the second round of discussions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The 12 TPP member states account for 37 percent of Taiwan's total trade. It's crucial for us to join TPP,” Tsai said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yu-Tzu Chiu in Taipei at correspondents@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: George R. Lynch at glynch@bna.com

For More Information

The text of the U.S.-Taiwan Statement of Intent is not available

The prepared remarks of Marcus Jadotte are available at http://www.ait.org.tw/en/officialtext-ot1605.html