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Japan GSDF, U.S. Army hold 1st joint cyber quiz competition

  • August 22, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 11:50 a.m.
  • English Press

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press) — The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force on Thursday held its first-ever joint “cyber quiz competition” with the U.S. Army, aiming to improve its cybersecurity capabilities and strengthen ties with the U.S. side.

The four-hour-long online competition asked participants 42 questions, including those on malware analysis and decryption. They worked to solve the questions, created by a U.S. company, by writing programming code on the spot, among other means.

A total of 12 four-member teams, six from each side, took part in the competition. Among the GSDF teams were those from its System Protection Unit and Signal School. All of the U.S. Army teams were from its cyber school.

“Fostering talent is one of our top priorities in the field of cyber, where people become weapons,” said Maj. Gen. Jiro Hiroe, head of the information and communication systems department at the Japanese Defense Ministry’s Ground Staff Office. “We’d like to go beyond the quiz style and adopt an attack-and-defense format as well” for future cyber competitions, he said.

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