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Cybersecurity on the High Seas, Anping Ship, Taiwan’s First 600-ton Patrol Ship Hosts Modern Weapons and Communications

By May 31st, 2022No Comments
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President Tsai Ing-wen stands in front of the new 35-ton patrol ship

In addition to President Tsai, Dr. Benson Wu, CyCraft Founder and CEO, also attended the naming ceremony of Taiwan’s first 600-ton patrol ship in Kaohsiung on the morning of Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

Twelve 600-ton patrol ships and fifty-two 35-ton patrol ships have been commissioned by Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration. Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Corporation (JSSC), with a budget exceeding half a billion USD, will handle construction, Taiwan Times reports.

The 600-ton patrol ships will be based on the Tuo Chiang-class corvette stealth ship, currently in active service. Each of the 600-ton patrol ships will be armed with advanced weapons and communication systems, Focus Taiwan reports.

Anping Ship (安平艦), Taiwan’s first 600-ton patrol ship

CyCraft has been selected by several leading Taiwanese shipbuilding vendors to protect them from advanced cyber attacks. CyCraft safeguards both networks and endpoints of the offices and shipyards.

“The shipbuilding industry is an area that needs advanced security solutions yet needs to be sustainable with minimal manpower and cyber operational expertise.” – Dr. Benson Wu, CyCraft Founder and CEO

Dr. Benson Wu is also the Executive Supervisor of the Taiwan National Defense Industry Development Association (TW-DIDA). The non-profit organization was founded in 2017 – the same year as CyCraft. TW-DIDA’s mission is to promote the development of Taiwan’s national defense industry by facilitating interactions between academia, industry, and government officials.

Taiwan National Defense Industry Development Association, 2018

Taiwan National Defense Industry Development Association, 2018

Security is a serious concern for Pi-Hsiang Han, JSSC CEO and Chairman of TW-DIDA. In addition to completing the manufacture of the 64 new patrol ships, JSSC has recently been commissioned by the Taiwan Government to construct submarines for the Taiwan Navy.

While not an official Taiwan Government agency, Pi-Hsiang Han’s concerns are well founded. Taiwan government networks face about 30 million cyber attacks every month, and half of them will most likely be attributed to China, stated Howard Jyan, director-general of Taiwan Cyber Security Agency, BBC New reports.

CyCraft Technology Corp specializes in AI-driven detection and response against APT cyber attacks (such as APT3/Gothic Panda and APT29/Cozy Bear). In addition to the shipbuilding industry, CyCraft also automates SOC operations for Fortune Global 500 companies, banks, telecommunication companies, manufacturing, infrastructure, and SMEs in multiple ASEAN countries.

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