With the aim of improving companies’ cyberattack response capabilities, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) is holding joint training exercises at the TMPD’s Shimbashi Office with critical infrastructure companies in 13 fields, including electricity, railways, finance, and telecommunications. About 220 people from the 63 member companies of the TMPD’s Cyber-terrorism Countermeasures Committee are participating in the four-day program being held from Jan. 24 to 27.
The exercises are based on the scenario of a company website being altered and implanted with malware. Participants learn how to track down the cause by looking at communications records and how to preserve and analyze the evidence.
According to the TMPD’s Public Security Bureau, there have been repeated cases in Japan of damage caused by websites becoming intermittently inaccessible after distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. TMPD Deputy Superintendent General Toshihiko Kasahara said, “Cyberattacks are becoming more serious with global-scale attacks occurring frequently. In preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we want to proactively hold effective training exercises.”