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Stacy Shi

Targeted measures will be implemented by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer to prevent any data leaks in the future, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry Sun Dong has announced.

In a Legislative Council establishment subcommittee meeting, he said the office is currently responsible for formulating information and technology policies and providing technical support.

He was responding to Legco members’ concerns about how the new digital policy office, which will be responsible for digital government, data governance and IT policies, will ensure data security following recent government data breach incidents.

”Upon the establishment of the digital policy office, the OGCIO will strengthen interdepartmental coordination and oversight to prevent data leaks.”

It will also introduce measures to enhance cybersecurity, including:

? Monitoring research and design progress during development of technology systems;

? Conducting stress tests before the official launch of new systems;

? Involving the digital policy office in the R&D process and requiring departments to submit technical proposals before tendering; and

? Sending staff to attend meetings with departments to strengthen supervision

Sun stressed the importance of improving tech expertise among department leaders, saying they “should always hold technology in awe” and strictly follow network security policies.

He said there is a need to enhance accountability for cybersecurity incidents and the responsibilities of departments in protecting their information.

Meanwhile, government chief information officer Tony Wong Chi-kwong said the new office will focus on fixing system problems, stepping up random security checks, conducting vulnerability and penetration tests, and simulating hacking attacks. Cyber security attack and defense drills will also be organized at the end of this year to strengthen the government’s ability to resist hacking.

And the OGICO will arrange training courses in collaboration with the Civil Service College to raise cybersecurity awareness among government departments.

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