As Japan prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, more attention has been paid to cyber security in view of the increased number, frequency and complexity of cyber attacks. This was taken as an opportunity to pay more attention to the security of infrastructure areas and data-dependent networks, as well as the Internet of Things, IoT.
Japan’s critical infrastructure is divided into 14 areas that can have a serious impact on the lives of the population and their socio-economic activities if they fail. These include information and communication services, energy, finance, government, logistics, and healthcare.
The government-run IPA (Information Technology Promotion Agency) founded the Industrial Cyber Security Center of Excellence (ICSCoE) in April 2017. The aim is that, by 2020, it should have strengthened Japan in such a way that critical infrastructures can be effectively protected. Japan is thereby attempting to close a security gap, as there have so far been no serious security solutions in place to protect industrial management systems. In order to protect critical infrastructures against attacks in the best possible way, the IPA is divided into research and active prevention.
Potential threats, attacks or failures must be reported to the NISC, the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity.