Japan to add 40 officials for cybersecurity

JIJI

The government will add 40 officials to the office in charge fending off cyberattacks against government-related agencies.

The move, to take place over the course of fiscal 2016, will increase the number of staff at the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity from the current 140.

The decision followed a cyberattack against the Japan Pension Service last May that led to a massive breach of personal information and motivated the government to expand its cyberspace surveillance.

The manpower addition at the NISC is part of a broader cybersecurity-strengthening plan that was adopted at a meeting of the government’s Cybersecurity Headquarters on Monday.

Of the planned 40 new staff members, 18 will be recruited from the private sector.

The plan also calls for sending cybersecurity officials from government agencies to private firms for training, and boosting the number of members of the Personal Information Protection Commission, following the introduction of the My Number national identification system for social security and tax services.