The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), which is overseen by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, will start in fiscal 2018 to provide the private sector with cybersecurity training courses it has conducted for central government agencies and local governments. It takes time and money for companies to hold cybersecurity training on their own. It will provide the private sector with training opportunities at a reasonable cost to raise the level of cybersecurity measures nationwide.
The Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER) was launched in September 2016 and has since been offered to personnel in charge of cybersecurity measures at the national and local levels. The program simulates virus infections on a system connected to a special server in Ishikawa Prefecture via a dedicated line. Trainees are given hands-on experience in identifying hackers and taking steps to fight cyberattacks. In fiscal 2017, about 3,000 personnel in the central and local governments took the course.
CYDER will be made available to the private sector from fiscal 2018. The government has identified 13 sectors, such as utilities, as key infrastructure, and urged them to take measures against cyberattacks. But it will make the program accessible to manufacturers, service providers and other business operators outside the 13 sectors. (Abridged)