Taiwan boosting cyberwar readiness to ‘strike back’
Taiwan is investing in cyberwar talent and capabilities amidst escalating tensions with mainland China. With its ministry of defense allocating several millions to universities and institutes for the developing of defense and asymmetric cyber-warfare capabilities, employees are being incentivized with salaries more than double the country’s average. Taiwan has accused China of past cyber attacks against its critical infrastructure, including one last year on the Taipei Municipal Department of Health information systems and a similar wave of attacks from 2014 to 2017. Joining the list for the first time, the conflict between China and Taiwan has been named a top conflict risk for 2019 by the Council of Foreign Affairs.