(Nikkei: December 8, 2015 – p. 4)
Toshiaki Endo, minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, said on Dec. 7 that the basic law on cybersecurity “should be revised in the regular Diet session next year.” Revisions to the law will include measures to enhance the authority of the National Information Security Center (NISC), which serves as the command center for preventing cyberattacks. He made this comment to the press corps after observing a joint cybersecurity drill by the government and the private sector on Dec. 7.
Under the present basic law on cybersecurity, the NISC can only inspect the central government ministries and agencies. In light of the leakage of personal information by the Japan Pension Service, the amendment focuses on broadening the scope of inspection by the NISC to include a portion of public corporations and incorporated administrative agencies.