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Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry Sun Dong said on Wednesday that authorities have received in total five information security incident reports of ransomware infections on government information systems last year, with no information compromised. 

Responding to lawmaker Edward Leung Hei’s inquiries, the official said the government’s information security incident response mechanism requires all government departments to report information security incidents to the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer when such security incident occurs. 

“In view of evolving patterns of cyber attacks, the office has been closely monitoring the trends of cyberattacks and the associated security threats, and issued timely security alerts and reminders to departments to assist and remind them of their obligation to make prompt responses and strengthen their precautionary measures,” Sun replied. 

The I&T minister continued that police’s Critical Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre is committed to strengthening the protection and resilience of critical infrastructure through public-private partnership, risk management and on-site security inspections. 

The Cyber Security Centre under the police’s Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau also provides round-the-clock cyber security protection and conducts timely cyber threat audits and analyses for critical infrastructure in the sectors of government, banking and finance, transportation, communications and public utilities, Sun said. 


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