TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) attended a ceremony on Thursday to mark the formal establishment of a new command in the Ministry of National Defense pertaining to information, communication and electronic warfare, according to a Presidential Office statement.
Accompanied by Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬), the president said at the ceremony that the establishment of the new command indicated that “Taiwan’s national defense has entered an era of information warfare,” describing it as “a historic moment.”
The move is part of government efforts to bolter Taiwan’s information security capabilities, Tsai said, noting that an agency to manage information security has been established under the Cabinet and a special law on information and communication security has been drafted.
The establishment of the information, communication and electronic warfare force represents a concrete step to “make information security a national security issue,” Tsai said.
The main task for the force is to deal with cyberwarfare affairs, based on the security of information and communications, Tsai said. It is also tasked with researching electro-magnetic related developments, she added.
Tsai detailed three missions for the newly formed force, including making every effort to integrate units that deal with information, communication and electronics within the defense ministry, cooperate closely with other government agencies to protect confidential information, and partner with the private sector to help the unit be more innovative.
She also instructed the command to improve training in the field.
Meanwhile, the information, communication and electronic warfare force should play the role of a bellwether in devising government information security policies and driving the development of the information security industry in Taiwan.
“We are determined to safeguard our territory and equally resolute about not ceding digital territory,” the president said.
The ceremony was also attended by National Security Council Secretary-General Yen De-fa (嚴德發); Adm. Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明), chief of the general staff of the Armed Forces; Maj. Gen. Ma Ying-han (馬英漢), commander of the new command; and the commanders of the Army, Air and Navy.