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Gov’t steps up measures against cyber terrorism

  • 2015-02-12 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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(Mainichi: February 11, 2015 – p. 5)


 The government held the first meeting of its headquarters for cyber security strategy (chaired by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga) at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence on Feb. 10. It was decided that that a new strategy including long-term plans for R&D and the development of human resources will be drawn up by June. The headquarters will serve as the government’s command center in responding to cyber terrorism. Measures against cyber terrorism will be reinforced ahead of the G7 summit in Japan next year and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.


 Members of the cyber security headquarters include Suga, the chair of the National Public Safety Commission, the defense minister, and other relevant cabinet members, executives of telecommunications and electrical machinery companies, and other experts. The headquarters was set up in the Cabinet with the National Information Security Center (NISC) serving as its secretariat in accordance with the basic law on cyber security enacted last November.


 IT risks have become increasingly serious recently. The extremist group “Islamic State” also used videos posted on the Internet for its propaganda in the hostage taking incident involving Japanese nationals.


 There have been increasing incidents of cyber attacks not only on government agencies and infrastructure, but also on international events such as summits and the Olympic Games. Government officials are on the alert because Japan will be hosting a number of such events in the near future. They regard response to cyber attacks to be of “equal importance” to prevention of physical terrorist attacks.


 Participants in the Feb. 10 meeting expressed the opinion that the development of Japanese computer security software should be accelerated because most software at present is made by foreign companies and that school teachers need to be provided with cyber education.


 The headquarters is studying the cyber security measures employed during the London Olympic Games. It will set up systems for cyber defense and for tracing the source of damage, recovery, and other related areas. (Slightly abridged)

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