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Japan Defense Ministry to study advanced cybersecurity

  • November 15, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 4:28 p.m.
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Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Defense Ministry will start soon a survey and research on a “zero trust” cutting-edge cybersecurity model of directing a skeptical look at all accesses to its computer system, informed sources said.

 

The ministry plans to receive results of a survey entrusted to a private-sector business by the end of March.

 

The ministry currently works to block unauthorized access to its computer network by building a protective wall between the inside and outside of the network.

 

A cyberattacker can have free access to the internal network if the protective wall is broken through.

 

By contrast, the zero trust security monitors all communications including those conducted internally to check for unauthorized access.

 

For instance, identify confirmation is required for all accesses. Even if an attacker breaks into the ministry’s internal network and pretends to be a ministry employee, any attempt to open a file folder that is not accessed usually can be recognized as suspicious behavior by artificial intelligence, prompting a request for identify confirmation again.

 

The ministry suffers cyberattacks on various scales every day, a senior official said.

 

With China, Russia and North Korea boosting their cyberattack capabilities, the ministry faces an urgent need to take countermeasures.

 

The ministry also plans to reorganize the cybersecurity staff of the Self-Defense Forces into a cybersecurity unit under the direct control of the defense minister in the next fiscal year, the sources said. The new unit will initially have a workforce of about 540 but the ministry plans to increase the number.

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