Visitors tour an exhibition for the 2022 Cybersecurity Week in Hefei, Anhui province, on Sunday. ZHANG DAGANG/FOR CHINA DAILY
Improving cybersecurity requires wider participation and better integration among education, technology and industry, said China’s top cyberspace administration authorities during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Cybersecurity Week on Monday.
“We should build a nationwide integrated system to safeguard key information infrastructure, such as the industrial internet,” Zhuang Rongwen, director of the Cyberspace Administration of China, said during the ceremony held in Hefei, Anhui province.
Themed “Cybersecurity for the People and by the People”, Cybersecurity Week, which will run through Sept 11, is organized by 10 government departments, including the CAC, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Security.
To improve cybersecurity’s industrial development, the country should accelerate building a national cybersecurity talent and innovation cultivation system, which will reinforce the roles of enterprises, scientific research institutions and colleges, according to Zhuang.
To serve these purposes, authorities launched the country’s first batch of pilot areas for the integrated development of cybersecurity education, technology and industry during the Monday event.
The areas include the national high-tech industrial development zones in Hefei, Changsha and Jinan, as well as in Haidian district in Beijing and Yanta district in Xi’an.
“In the past, when we talked about cybersecurity issues, it was often about the crashing of a digital system. However, the issue is increasingly connected with our daily lives and production activities, like how food safety affects all of us,” Zhao Zeliang, deputy director of the CAC, said at the summit forum held after the opening ceremony on Monday morning.
“Now society is facing increasing cybersecurity threats and risks such as telecommunication fraud and infringement of privacy,” said Zhang Hongwen, vice-governor of Anhui, who urged for more R&D and the mastery of new technologies to address the challenges.
“In the digital era, traditional cybersecurity services based on manual intervention cannot provide enough and effective protections anymore for the explosively expanding digitization processes,” said He Chaoxi, president of Sangfor Technologies, a leading cybersecurity company.
The cybersecurity industry itself is also in urgent need of digitization to take advantage of such technologies as cloud computing and artificial intelligence to quickly discover loopholes and provide solutions, said He, an alumnus of Hefei-based University of Science and Technology of China.
Cybersecurity technologies can improve people’s lives, and so the cybersecurity industry itself can also be a new pillar for economic growth, according to participants of the forum.
With more than 150 companies engaged in the cybersecurity industry, Hefei has been building the China Security Valley in recent years, with the core area located in the Hefei high-tech zone, according to Zhang.
The Hefei government said the cybersecurity industry has created around 50,000 jobs in the city, which yearns for more such talent.
Anhui marks the country’s latest development achievements in quantum information, as Hefei-based institutions and companies were the main developers for the Beijing-Shanghai Trunk Line, the world’s first and longest quantum communication network, according to Zhang.
Developed by the USTC and Quantum CTek, the country’s first publicly traded company in the quantum information field, the country’s first citywide quantum network was recently put into use in Hefei.
Originating from the USTC, Quantum CTek itself is a result of the integrated development of education, technologies and industry, and the company will further cooperate with colleges and universities to cultivate more talent for the cybersecurity industry, said Zhou Lei, project director of the company.