Software guideline being considered
China is considering a fiveyear software security guideline to safeguard State secrets and data in key industries, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The government will focus on increasing the safety of software in the financial sector and applications used by government departments and State-owned enterprises this year, said Chen Wei, director of the software bureau at the ministry.
Chen didn’t disclose details of the proposed guideline.
The move may prove a new hurdle for overseas vendors as the government-backed projects tend to buy local software due to security concerns.
China is one of the largest software manufacturers in the world. Chen said the annual revenue for the industry is expected to exceed 10 trillion yuan ($1.61 trillion) by around 2021.