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National exam for cybersecurity experts set for spring

  • October 23, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 9:15 p.m.
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The first national examination to certify experts on cybersecurity is scheduled for April next year, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.


The government has decided to dub the qualification “registered information security specialist,” and has also created a logo to be displayed on business cards and other items, in an effort to raise public awareness.


The government aims to nurture more than 30,000 specialists by 2020 in light of possible cyberterrorism targeting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. It expects the establishment of the qualification will help business and government easily identify personnel who specialize in cybersecurity and prepare for cyber-attacks.


Security specialists are expected to play a defensive role against cyber-attacks in fields that could be severely damaged such as finance and civil services that deal with crucial personal information, as well as infrastructure-related businesses like power and gas utility firms, and railway companies.


The government will register qualified personnel and encourage companies to make use of the list. The qualification should be renewed every three years to ensure these specialists stay up-to-date on the latest technology.


The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry foresees a national shortfall of 190,000 experts as companies expand investment in information technology.

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