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China to issue a IT security plan ‘to safeguard State secrets’

Updated: May 28,2015 10:24 AM

Chinese government will issue a five-year information security plan that aims to safeguard State secrets and data in strategically important industries, a senior official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on May 27.

The government will focus on strengthening the safety of software in the financial sector and for applications used by government departments and State-owned enterprises this year, said Chen Wei, director of the software bureau at the ministry.

Chen did not disclose details of the proposed guidelines, which will emphasize domestic development and the authorities’ control of key technologies. The guidelines will be part of an array of national information technology strategies for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

“We are expecting to see breakthroughs in advanced domestic software development within the next five years,” Chen said, adding that the proportion of Chinese software acquired by way of government procurement has seen steady growth.

China is one of the largest software producers in the world.

The industry’s annual revenue could exceed 10 trillion yuan ($1.61 trillion) by about 2020, said Chen. Industry revenue hit 3.7 trillion yuan last year, a 20 percent jump from 2013, the MIIT said. Revenue for the first four months of this year reached 1.2 trillion yuan, a 16.7 percent year-on-year increase.