Cisco selects Taiwan for its first cybersecurity talent incubation center in APAC
Published 22 March 2021
The U.S. networking-equipment giant Cisco Systems Inc. launched a cybersecurity talent incubation center last Tuesday in the Startup Terrace in New Taipei’s Linkou. The center is operated under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Small and Medium Enterprise Administration.
This joint project between Cisco’s local branch and Taiwan’s Ausenior Information Co. will provide an international certification system in three years, addressing the shortage of cybersecurity professionals in this region.
Not only is Taiwan lacking at least 3,800 cybersecurity professionals among its current 21,000 staff base, but the number is set to increase by 15 per cent each year, said George Chen, senior vice president of Cisco’s Greater China operations and head of Cisco Taiwan.
Under the umbrella of the American firm’s DevNet platform, which covers nine major areas such as cybersecurity, cloud technology, and datacenters, the center acts as a platform for IT specialists’ view exchange and helps Taiwanese firms to integrate their hardware and software strengths to become more visible on the global market.
After about two decades of investing in the region, Cisco emphasised that the centre is among the most important initiatives of the company in Taiwan and is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region from the company.
Taiwan’s authorities said that cybersecurity has been one of the six top priorities in the government’s industrial development policy since President Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration. During the launching event, MOEA Deputy Minister Lin Chuan-neng affirmed that the ministry will channel all available resources to fast-track the development of top-tier professionals from the center.
Taiwan’s Executive Yuan is also planning to establish a NT$809 million (US$28.62 million) national cybersecurity excellence center, added Lin.