(Mainichi: January 19, 2016 – p. 2)
Revisions to cybersecurity related legislation call for integrating the drafting of training scenarios for cyberattacks under the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), according to an outline revealed on Jan. 18.
The NICT was launched under the umbrella of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2004. It is equipped with a large experimental facility capable of simulating cyberattacks on governmental organizations. It conducts studies on technology that can monitor attacks and protect against hacking.
Under the existing law, the functions of the organization are limited to inspections, research, and development. Ministries and agencies outsource the drafting of training scenarios and organizing workshops to private firms. The experimental facility has been leased to outsiders. The revised cybersecurity bills call for integrating these functions under the NICT so it can build up its cybersecurity expertise by taking initiative in organizing training and workshops.
Unauthorized access to governmental organizations has been increasing in numbers. According to the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, a body under the Cabinet Secretariat tasked with collecting and analyzing information on cyberattacks, the number of unauthorized access incidents that ministries and agencies reported to the center doubled on the year to 264 in fiscal 2014.
In May, Japan is hosting the G-7 summit in the Ise-shima region, and Tokyo is hosting the Olympic Games in 2020. Since it has been pointed out that there is a possibility that cyberattacks will occur during these events, the government is planning to make the NICT a core institution tasked with conducting practical training for other administrative organizations. (Abridged)