Build­ing of de­fen­sive sys­tem boosts in­te­gra­tion of real econ­omy, in­ter­net

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By FAN FEIFEI and OUYANG SHIJIA

China has vowed to beef up the con­struc­tion of a cy­ber­se­cu­rity sys­tem — where govern­ment, en­ter­prises and in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions will strengthen their co­op­er­a­tion and laws and reg­u­la­tions re­lated to cy­ber­se­cu­rity will be im­proved — the top in­dus­try reg­u­la­tor said on Tues­day.

The move will boost the deep in­te­gra­tion of the real econ­omy and the in­ter­net, the reg­u­la­tor added.

“We will step up ef­forts to pro­mote the con­struc­tion of in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture, ex­pand broad­band net­work cov­er­age, and build up the in­dus­trial in­ter­net plat­form,” In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Miao Wei told the China In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in Beijing on Tues­day.

Miao em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, pro­tec­tion of data se­cu­rity and im­prove­ment of the reg­u­la­tory sys­tem.

“We should con­tin­u­ously make break­throughs in a num­ber of core and key tech­nolo­gies re­lated to cy­ber­se­cu­rity,” he said.

Miao added that the min­istry will build up the coun­try’s ca­pa­bil­ity in cy­ber­se­cu­rity to help the in­te­gra­tion of man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­ter­net in a sta­ble and sus­tain­able way.

Yang Xiaowei, deputy di­rec­tor of the Cy­berspace Administration of China, said that with the rapid growth of the in­ter­net, cloud com­put­ing and big data, a lot of cy­ber­se­cu­rity chal­lenges had emerged.

“We should strengthen the gov­er­nance of cy­ber­se­cu­rity and make in­no­va­tions in core in­tel­li­gent hard­ware and the whole in­dus­trial chain,” Yang said, adding that high-qual­ity staff needed to be at­tracted to the con­struc­tion of the in­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture.

Qi Xiang­dong, chair­man of 360 Busi­ness Se­cu­rity Group, an in­ter­net se­cu­rity com­pany af­fil­i­ated to Qi­hoo 360 Tech­nol­ogy Co, said that cy­ber se­cu­rity was of the ut­most ur­gency, and there was a press­ing need to build a brand new cy­ber­se­cu­rity sys­tem in China.

He said data will likely be one of the ma­jor tar­gets of hack­ers and on­line crim­i­nals in the com­ing decades.

“The re­cent Wan­naCry ran­somware virus high­lights hacker’s ris­ing in­ten­tions for cy­ber at­tacks aimed at gov­ern­ments, in­sti­tu­tions and en­ter­prises. Such cy­ber­at­tacks will be­come even more ram­pant in the fu­ture.”

Ac­cord­ing to Qi, there is still a large gap be­tween China and the United States, as the in­put of cy­ber­se­cu­rity in China ac­counts for less than one per­cent of to­tal IT investment, while it takes up 15 per­cent in the US.

“We aim to work with the govern­ment and in­dus­try or­ga­ni­za­tions, to cre­ate a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment and bring vi­tal­ity to the devel­op­ment of the boom­ing in­ter­net sec­tor,” he added.

Zhang Tianqi, an ex­pert with To­phant Se­cu­rity Co, an in­ter­net se­cu­rity so­lu­tions provider, said the co­op­er­a­tion among author­i­ties, com­pa­nies and in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions showed the im­por­tance and ur­gency of cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

“Along with the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of in­ter­net busi­ness, such as the pop­u­lar au­dio-visual pro­grams and live-stream­ing plat­forms, the risks of be­ing at­tacked by a virus are also on the rise,” Zhang said.

Zhang added that com­pa­nies should play an ac­tive role in con­duct­ing tests to find se­cu­rity holes and pro­mote the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­dus­try stan­dard and cy­ber­se­cu­rity sys­tem.

The coun­try re­leased an emer­gency re­sponse plan for in­ter­net se­cu­rity in­ci­dents on June 27 to im­prove han­dling of cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­ci­dents, and pre­vent and re­duce dam­age.

The plan di­vides cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­ci­dents into six cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing per­ni­cious pro­ce­dural in­ci­dents, cy­ber­at­tacks and in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity in­ci­dents.

We should con­tin­u­ously make break­throughs in a num­ber of core and key tech­nolo­gies re­lated to cy­ber­se­cu­rity.” Miao Wei, in­dus­try and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter

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