News Risk Management11 Apr 2018

Japan:Draft outline of new cybersecurity strategy completed

11 Apr 2018

The government of Japan has compiled a draft outline of its cybersecurity strategy for the next three years, reported NHK. These form part of national efforts to strengthen protective measures in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Cyber attacks targeting government offices and companies are becoming more serious and sophisticated ahead of the Tokyo Games. According to the draft, the government is to work with companies to boost preventive measures such as sharing of information on cyberattacks and developing countermeasures.

The draft also said that the government will establish an information system to ensure the safety of new technologies including those for virtual currency trading and self-driving vehicles.

The government will expand special protection for important infrastructure such as electricity and water supply, and also propose efforts to manage personal information safely.

The government plans to finalise a new cybersecurity strategy based on the draft this summer, said the NHK report.

The update on the draft cybersecurity plan comes in the wake of a reported leak of email addresses and passwords of thousands of ministry employees.

The National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity had issued a warning to ministries last Tuesday that the massive amount of personal data had been posted on the Dark Web and was being sold.

According to NHK, Israel-based information security firm KELA had found that the data included the email addresses of about 2,100 employees of the foreign, economy, internal affairs, transport and other ministries.

The data was likely leaked from websites on which the employees had registered themselves with their email addresses for work.

The national centre has since advised government employees to use different passwords for different accounts.

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