In the global information age, utilizing computer technology to cut capital and personnel costs has become a must for both the private and public sectors for providing convenient and efficient services to people. Taiwan is no exception to this trend and has endeavored to employ computers and the Internet to upgrade services. However, as concern is growing worldwide about information security, cyber crime and the spread of inappropriate speech online, addressing these issues with countermeasures has become among the government’s top security priorities.

    To strengthen the nation’s capabilities in these areas by consolidating and expediting the development of Taiwan’s information and communication security infrastructure, the National Security Council in May 2000 formulated the National Information and Communication Infrastructure Security Mechanism Plan under the direction of the President. On August 30 of the same year, this proposal was approved by the President and submitted to the Executive Yuan for planning and implementation.