Cy­ber se­cu­rity drill much ahead of 2020 Olympics in Ja­pan


Ja­pan held a govern­ment-wide cy­ber se­cu­rity drill re­cently in a bid to im­prove co­or­di­na­tion among pub­lic agencies and ma­jor businesses, as Tokyo pre­pares to host the 2020 Sum­mer Olympics. The mock cy­ber at­tack for the first time brought to­gether 21 govern­ment de­part­ments and firms in 10 busi­ness sec­tors, in­clud­ing util­i­ties, bank­ing and avi­a­tion.

“Cy­ber at­tacks have grown in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated, highly de­vel­oped and in­ter­na­tion­alised,” said the Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga. “It has be­come ever more im­por­tant that the govern­ment strength­ens its abil­ity to counter at­tacks,” he said.

About 100 people took part in the mock drill which saw var­i­ous govern­ment min­istries come un­der at­tack, in­clud­ing com­puter viruses. The govern­ment has said it faces a cy­ber at­tack ev­ery 30 sec­onds, on aver­age. The ex­er­cise had par­tic­i­pants shar­ing in­for­ma­tion, gath­er­ing data and analysing the at­tacks as well as the ex­tent of the dam­age. Oth­ers pre­pared press re­leases and state­ments from govern­ment min­is­ters to keep the pub­lic in­formed.

Ear­lier this month, Min­is­ter of Tech­nol­ogy Pol­icy Ichita Ya­mamoto cau­tioned that Tokyo must beef up its pre­pared­ness ahead of the 2020 Games. “In the area of cy­ber se­cu­rity, var­i­ous mea­sures are pos­si­ble as we pre­pare for the Tokyo Olympics and Par­a­lympics in six years’ time,” he said.

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