The government has decided to appoint cybersecurity expert Hiroshi Ito, head of the Japan Security Operation Center of LAC (Little eArth Corporation), an information security company, deputy director-general for promotion of computerization of information security at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), a new organization to be established in METI. His appointment will become official on May 1. With an eye on the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, the government hopes to strengthen joint efforts with the private sector in coming up with measures.
In light of the leak of personal information of the Japan Pension Service last year, it was decided to create the post of deputy director-general in charge of cybersecurity in 12 ministries and agencies, including METI and the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.
Since METI is the agency that oversees infrastructure operations, including electric power, it expects Ito to draw up policies for infrastructure operators in addition to enforcement of the cybersecurity system in the ministry.
After completing the graduate school of Keio University, Ito joined the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF). He worked in the private sector after serving as the first leader of the system protection unit, which the GSDF set up in 2005.