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New government body launched to counter cyberattacks


To coordinate the government’s scattered efforts to defend against cyberattacks, the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity has finally been launched.

The new entity, which got off the ground on Friday, will be tasked with executing measures worked out by the secretariat office for the headquarters for cybersecurity strategies, which was launched the same day, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

The center’s staff consists of around 80 members transferred from its predecessor, the National Information Security Center, and several dozen others to be hired from the private sector.

“We are confronting an extremely crucial issue,” Suga said as he addressed the new organization at the ceremony for Friday’s launch. “With the Olympics set to be held here, you have a tremendous role to play.”

The mission of the center, headed by Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobushige Takamizawa, and the cybersecurity strategy headquarters is to organize measures against cyberattacks in cooperation with the National Security Council and to coordinate international cooperation and train specialized personnel.