First published: 20th September 2019
The sixth China Cybersecurity Week was launched on Monday 16 September in Tianjin. It is an annual week-long campaign that promotes national awareness on cybersecurity. After the opening ceremony, the first event was the third International Anti Virus Conference, featuring Chinese and International malware experts including Yui Kee Chief Consultant and AVAR Chairman, Allan Dyer.
Opening Ceremony of China Cybersecurity Week
Mr. Huang Kinming, Minister of Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee
Concepts/Awareness of Cybersecurity
Mr. Huang conveyed a message from Xi Jinping that China must rely on the people to secure the people, emphasising the importance of education, integration with industry and balancing development with government. Laws, regulations, standards and norms should guide new technology and international cooperation should be strengthened with the ultimate objective of increasing the happiness of people.
Mr. Huang explained the theme for the week: "Cybersecurity for the People, By the People", and outlined how media, education and the law play their part in cybersecurity. He noted the importance of protecting the rights and interests of the people in personal data and emphasised that personal data is a strategic resource of the country. He advocated strict plans and punishment of irregularities, clarifying the legal framework, attacking crimes and a crackdown on data collection.
Mr. Li Hongzhong, Secretary of Tianjin Municipal Committee of the CPC
Mr. Li pointed out that China was now no. 1 in eCommerce and ePayment. He cited Xi Jinping thought about Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and explained how it delivered a strategic vision to China Cybersecuiry Week. He reiterated the theme of the week: "Cybersecurity for the People, By the People". As a Tianjin leader, he reported on the Tianjin cybersecurity firms and how Tianjin is leading manufacturing and AI development.
Mr. Fay Yifei, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China
Mr. Fay said that the People's Bank of China were leading protection of critical infrastructure and development of emergency response capabilities. Among the developments, the Real Name ID policy has allowed them to identify RMB 22 billion in large suspicious transactions, and freeze those funds. As part of China Cybersecurity Week, the People's Bank of China has run 14,000 cybersecurity education campaigns in both rural and urban areas. They are using monetary technology, AI and Big Data to secure the financial industry with reporting systems, fast response, laws, regulations and standards. He reiterated the week's theme: "Cybersecurity for the People, By the People."
Ms. Weng Tiehui, Vice Minister of Education
Ms. Weng talked about Xi Jinping's strategy for a strong country and how her ministry was cleaning up the university internet environment, saying, "Who wins the Internet, wins the next generation". Explaining the risks of bad information, she described the use of an information management system to respond.
Ms. Weng then announced the winners of a national competition for lecturers, and presentations were made.
International Anti Virus Conference
A cybersecurity expo is being held at the same venue for the whole week, and other events are taking place around China, such as the Cyber Security Week 2019 in Hong Kong, hosted by OGCIO.