The Japanese government has approved a new plan to strengthen its cybersecurity.
Members of the government’s Cybersecurity Strategic Headquarters met at the prime minister’s office on Monday.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who chairs the headquarters, stressed the need to strengthen Japan’s measures against cyber-attacks ahead of the Ise-Shima G-7 summit in May and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
Members approved an immediate plan to improve cybersecurity.
The plan includes countermeasures such as increasing the number of institutions under surveillance by adding government-affiliated agencies and organizations. The response comes in the wake of massive personal information leaks from the Japan Pension Service last year.
Members also agreed to increase the number of personnel monitoring cybersecurity at the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity.
They will also establish a new directive aimed at fostering cybersecurity professionals, including the recruitment of private sector experts, by the end of March.
The government will submit its revisions to the basic law on cybersecurity to the ongoing session of the Diet.
Source and image: NHK