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The Executive Yuan officially passed the "Developing a National Information and Communication Infrastructure Security Mechanism Plan (2001-2004), and formed the National Information and Communication Security Taskforce (NICST) based on the resolution of No.2718 Cabinet meeting in January 2001. Shortly thereafter the Information and Communication Security Technology Center (ICST) was set up as the technical unit for NICST in March 2001. Since the establishment, NICST actively promoting government agencies to place a high value on information security, and initial effects have been realized. In order to keep raising the information security protection capabilities of Taiwan, Executive Yuan has continuously executed the National Information and Communication Infrastructure Security Mechanism Plan (2005-2008) (the Phase II Mechanism Plan), the National strategy for Cybersecurity Development Program (2009-2012) (the Phase III Development Program),and National Strategy for Cybersecurity Development Program (2013-2016) (the Phase IV Development Program).

Consequently, with the collaborative efforts of private sectors, the Government, and academic & research facilities, the interim objective of "establishing a safe cyber security environment, completing cyber security management, sharing multivariate cyber security information, expanding cyber security professional training, and enhancing international cyber security relationships" has been achieved in the prescribed order. Besides the complicated and constant changing of global information and communication standards and updates, with the unique political and economic situations, Taiwan has to face far more serious cyber security threats than most other countries. Thus it is necessary to continuously implement and enhance each and every cyber security protection tasks.

Therefore, The Executive Yuan has established the Department of Cyber Security on August 1, 2016, in charge of national information and communication security policy development, legislation reviewing, plan approving, cyber security related tasks promotion, supervision and evaluation. In order to fulfill the goal of “cyber security is national security” and raise the cyber security protection levels, ICST is supervised by Department of Cyber Security after it established, and provides government agencies cyber security related technical services such as before incident security protections, during incident responses, and post incident recoveries.


Missions and Responsibilities

The missions and responsibilities of NCCST are listed below:

  • *Researching and analyzing national cyber security legislation systems; formulating cyber security regulations and guides for government agencies; gathering cyber security threat information from the Government, academic facilities, and private sectors.
  • *Developing inter-government agency 2nd tier cyber security monitoring mechanism, researching and analyzing cyber security threats the nation is facing.
  • *Sharing cyber security information via public-private partnerships, monitoring sensitive government agencies’ networks at all time.
  • *Researching, analyzing and improving national critical incident responses, hosting big scale cyber offensive and defensive exercises, pairing with security audit, cyber health check and penetration test services, to discover cyber security problems of the Government and critical infrastructures in time.
  • *Planning cyber security series competitions; enhancing cyber security education effects and raising the public cyber security awareness.
  • *Developing cyber security service systems according to mission needs, researching and proposing resource integration practices of private sectors, the Government, and academic & research facilities; be able to provide effective assists and supports to related agencies to counter when under cyber-attacks or facing threat situations.