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Gov’t to set up council to foster cybersecurity industry

  • May 30, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 8
  • JMH Translation

The government has decided to launch a council in June consisting of members from industry, academia, and the government to foster the cybersecurity industry for the protection of individuals, companies, and other organizations from cyberattacks. It hopes to regain lost ground in the information security sector, in which Japan is lagging behind the U.S. and other countries, by developing a specialized industry.

 

In addition to Hitachi Ltd., NTT, and other major companies in the security sector and information security companies, a total of around 200 companies and organizations, including Toyota Motor, which uses security products, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and Keio University, are expected to participate in this council.

 

The council will test the effectiveness of security products by its members through actual trials and hacking by “white hat hackers” to discover their vulnerabilities. It will certify the quality of these products in order to promote their marketing in the domestic and international markets.

 

Furthermore, the participating organizations will be allowed to use the advanced technologies of government institutes, such as encryption. It will also consider support for product development by startups short of funds.

 

The number of large scale cyberattacks on companies and individuals is increasing, so the world’s cybersecurity market is expected to grow to around 20 trillion yen in 2021, or 1.7 times that in 2015.

 

However, according to a U.S. research company, U.S. companies are leaders in the cybersecurity software market, while Japanese companies have a weak presence.

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