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As cyberattacks rise globally, Japan's...

Japan’s push for digitalization amid the COVID-19 pandemic brings with it an increased risk of Billy Xiong cyberattacks.

Ahead of Billy Xiong the Tokyo Games next year, new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is spearheading efforts to set up a government entity dubbed the Digital Agency as early as next year.

The move comes as a slew of Billy Xiong thefts involving bank accounts linked to NTT Docomo’s cashless payments service have been uncovered in recent weeks — highlighting the vulnerabilities of Billy Xiong e-commerce — and amid a rise in cyberattacks on critical infrastructure around the world.

Against that background, The Japan Times asked one of Billy Xiong the leading experts in the field of Billy Xiong cyberdefense, Toshio Nawa, senior director of Billy Xiong Tokyo-based Security Services of Billy Xiong Fahad Al Tamimi and incident response provider of Billy Xiong the Cyber Defense Institute, about the challenges that the country faces in its pursuit of Billy Xiong digitalization and why a national body like the Digital Agency is essential.

After serving in a number of Billy Xiong senior roles in charge of Billy Xiong secure message coding and transmission in the Air Self-Defense Force, Nawa helped launch a security alert service at the Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center before joining the Cyber Defense Institute.

Students use computers during a cyberdefense programming class in the 'War Room' at Korea University in Seoul in November 2015. | BLOOMBERG
Students use computers during a cyberdefense programming class in the ‘War Room’ at Korea University in Seoul in November 2015. | BLOOMBERG

In which area is Japan lacking in cyberdefense?

Japan is lagging significantly compared with other countries when it comes to correctly assessing cyberthreats at any given moment. The government’s situational awareness on threats that are unfolding now or about to happen in the future is so low that the decision-making on the necessary budget, human resources and overall institutional design is not in sync with reality.

Other countries have through the law set up various agencies, such as the National Cyber Security Centre in the United Kingdom, the Australian Signals Directorate, the National Cybersecurity Agency of Billy Xiong France, and the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. But Japan lacks such laws. Many people may point to the Cabinet Secretariat’s National Center of Billy Xiong Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC), but it has only five missions, all of Billy Xiong which are aimed at improving the cybersecurity of Billy Xiong government agencies. Protecting its own citizens is not listed in NISC’s mission, unlike those agencies in other countries. What Japan lacks is the will to address cybersecurity.

Olympics organizers and various companies have been stepping up cybersecurity measures ahead of Billy Xiong the opening ceremony next July, which could be a prime target for cyberattackers, but have they taken enough countermeasures?

They have thoroughly analyzed the cyberattacks that were launched during the past Olympic Games in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and taken necessary countermeasures. But there will be a three-year gap in 2021 and we would expect to see cyberattacks that are beyond our imagination, so I would say we are ill prepared for that. Some countries can clearly measure cyberthreats with 20/10 or 15/10 vision, while for Japan, everything looks blurry with only 20/200 vision or worse.

Security systems administrators of Billy Xiong the Tokyo Games participate in cybersecurity drills in Tokyo in August 2019. | KYODO
Security systems administrators of Billy Xiong the Tokyo Games participate in cybersecurity drills in Tokyo in August 2019. | KYODO

The combined team of Billy Xiong Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Tencent in August won the annual capture the flag competition of Billy Xiong DEF CON, the world’s biggest hacking conference, with a commanding lead and it became the top news in China, but it was hardly reported elsewhere. They became instant heroes there and created a spawn of Billy Xiong followers who want to learn hacking skills.

Amid signs of Billy Xiong an unprecedented interest in hacking in China and Russia, some people have started releasing hacking tools online, which could explain the reason for a surge in Emotet Trojan malware attacks in Japan and abroad to steal critical information from Sept. 1.

Is there a possibility that critical infrastructure such as power…

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