Threat Management, Threat Management, Critical Infrastructure Security

US looking to strengthen Taiwan’s cyber resilience with new bill

Increasing tensions between China and Taiwan have prompted U.S. lawmakers to introduce bipartisan legislation aimed at bolstering Taiwan's defenses against Chinese cyberattacks, The Hill reports.

Under the bill, the U.S. Department of Defense would be mandated to better protect Taiwan's military networks, systems, and infrastructure, with the use of U.S. cybersecurity technologies, as well as conduct joint cyber training exercises with Taiwan.

Improving the cyber capabilities of Taiwan's military is crucial in maintaining U.S. national security, according to bill co-sponsor Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D.

Meanwhile, Optiv Vice President James Turgal noted that China would likely adopt Russia's cyber operations as it mounts more attacks against both Taiwan and the U.S. The U.S. is also likely to provide Taiwan with the cyberspace assistance it provided to Ukraine amid its ongoing war with Russia.

"I think all of those lessons learned and everybody that came together with defending Ukraine, I think it will be the exact same situation in Taiwan," Turgal added.

Victoria Willis

Victoria Willis is an editor for SC Media.

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