Asia Express - Data Communications
Taiwan's Ministry of Digital Affairs to Join FIDO Alliance for Cybersecurity
February 07, 2023

Taiwan's Ministry of Digital Affairs (MoDA) recently announced that it will join the FIDO (Fast ID Online) Alliance in February 6 to jointly develop and promote authentication standards, the Commercial Daily News reported on February 3. The MoDA is set to promote the T-Road platform under the Zero Trust architecture within a year, allowing safer and more streamlined data sharing across-ministries and departments within the next two years. The Alliance set up in February 2013 is dedicated to reducing the world's overreliance on passwords by supporting a wide range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, along with other standards such as USB security tokens, smart cards, and NFC (Near Field Communication).

Ultimately, three missions of the MoDA this year are to help Taiwan to boost cybersecurity, implement LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) and NGSO (Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit) networks, and establish a digital exchange platform between digital platforms and media channels. According to the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientist), the number of global communication LEO satellites topped 2,619 units as of December 2021, 81% of which were from North America, followed by Europe (16%). With SpaceX continuing to lead the LEO satellite market, it is anticipated that four major satellite operators, including SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb, and Telesat will commercialize their LEO networks within the next five years, according to MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute). 

Established in 1987, MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute) is a division of III (Institute for Information Industry), a major government think tank, and one of the leading IT research institutes in Taiwan.