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TSMC is taking no chances with security at its new Nanjing plant

Executive outlines how the Taiwanese chip giant will keep it secrets out of Beijing's hands

TSMC Chief Information Officer Steve Tso, second from right, told a tech forum on Nov. 15 about the security measures being taken at the company's new chip production center in Nanjing, China.

HSINCHU, Taiwan Even the extensive security measures devised by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for its new chipmaking plant in mainland China might not guarantee that advanced technology leaks stay out of China's hands, Chief Information Officer Steve Tso has acknowledged.

"For our new chip facility in [the eastern] Chinese city of Nanjing, IT security is what we are really worried about and spending a lot of effort on," Tso said at a forum hosted by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association on Nov. 15. Global technology companies and officials in the West have voiced growing concerns about Beijing's aggressive moves to acquire advanced technology by various means.

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