Japan Holds First Broad Cybersecurity Drill, Frets Over Olympics Risks

Japan faced a full-on cyber attack across government departments on Tuesday in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics.

Japan is following the lead of Britain, which invited ethical hackers to test its computer systems in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics. In the event, London parried multiple cyber attacks.

Some 50 cyber defense specialists gathered at an emergency response center in Tokyo, with at least three times that many offsite, to defend against a simulated attack across 21 state ministries and agencies and 10 industry associations, said Ikuo Misumi, a hacking expert at Japan’s state-run National Information Security Center.

“It’s not that we haven’t put effort into cybersecurity, but we are certainly behind the U.S.,” Ichita Yamamoto, the cabinet minister in charge of IT policy and who is leading the effort to boost cybersecurity, said in an interview before the drill.

The exercise simulated a phishing attack, where government officials or businesses opened up their own servers to a computer virus by visiting a fake website.

“Cyber attacks are becoming more subtle, sophisticated and international, and strengthening Japan’s response to them has become a critical issue,” the Japanese government’s spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said during the drill in Tokyo. Suga, as Chief Cabinet Secretary is in charge of Japan’s cybersecurity.

via Japan holds first broad cybersecurity drill, frets over Olympics risks – chicagotribune.com.

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