Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Asia

Japan to Create Cyber-Defense Government Agency to Protect SCADA Infrastructures

Japanese officials are considering creating a new government agency that will be tasked with protecting critical infrastructure against cyber-attacks. The new agency, currently named Industrial Cybersecurity Promotion Agency (ICPA), will start functioning in 2017, and the government wants it to be ready to defend the country’s most critical industrial equipment by 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympic Games.

The targets that ICPA personnel will have to protect include electricity, gas, petroleum, chemical, and nuclear facilities. Additionally, smaller private firms in the defense industry will also benefit from the agency’s protection.

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Japan on Olympic hacking mission to test utilities, trains, telcos

Japan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games.

The effort will be run out of a new penetration testing arm to be created in 2017 charged with identifying vulnerabilities in physical control systems that could lead to real-world damage during the Games.

It will include critical infrastructure operators including power, gas, and chemical utilities. Telcos and transport are almost universally included in security analysis of critical infrastructure.

Governments around the world have in recent years created departments charged with bringing together critical infrastructure operators including those running utilities, banks, and transport.

In Australia that effort is part of the Trusted Information Sharing Network and the overhauled Australian Cyber Security Centre.

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