Japan to Boost Cyberspace Defense with White-Hat Hackers

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry is considering the use of white-hat hackers, or ethical hackers, to better prepare for threats from cyberattacks.

Beginning in fiscal 2019 from April next year, the ministry aims to outsource some cyberspace defense operations to private-sector cybersecurity firms, informed sources said.

Specifically, the ministry plans to outsource such operations as analysis of malware and related information and system maintenance and management operations currently conducted by its cyberspace defense unit, the sources said.

The ministry is expected to ask a team of about 10 white-hat hackers to analyze malware, identify attackers and propose countermeasures.

It plans to seek support from the private sector due to a shortage of cybersecurity experts.

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