In the wake of massive personal data leaks from the Japan Pension Service, the government Thursday adopted a revised draft of a new cybersecurity strategy that calls for monitoring government-affiliated institutions against cyberattacks.
The revised version, adopted at a meeting of the Cybersecurity Strategy Headquarters, is expected to be finalized at a Cabinet meeting today. The government also plans to formulate a relevant legal framework.
The government compiled a draft of the strategy in May, and then upgraded it following the pension data leaks, which were caused by a cyberattack.
The original draft did not include independent administrative agencies and other government-linked organizations in the list of entities subject to monitoring by the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, or NISC, for the detection of cyberattacks, while the revised version calls for the monitoring of such institutions. NISC was set up at the Cabinet secretariat in January.
The government plans to first put priority on monitoring organizations that handle huge volumes of personal data or diplomatic secrets, increasing the number of institutions under surveillance in stages.
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