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Defense Ministry to outsource cybersecurity work to private sector

  • May 19, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 8:13 p.m.
  • English Press

The Defense Ministry is set to outsource part of its cybersecurity operations to the private sector to bypass training its own staff, sources close to the ministry have said.


The move comes amid competition among countries to develop capabilities to intrude into others’ systems while addressing a growing number of cybersecurity risks they themselves face.


The ministry, which is looking to increase personnel at its units dealing with cyber threats, will include the outsourcing plan in a mid-term defense program for years starting next April, the sources said.


The ministry plans to contract out work related to responding to cyberattacks, including analyzing malware and introducing artificial intelligence to interpret attacks, the sources said.


The ministry also plans to accept personnel from the private sector as Self-Defense Forces members at the cybersecurity units in order to promote personnel exchanges, they said.

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