Japan Govt Decides to Revise Cybersecurity Guidelines

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government's cybersecurity strategy headquarters has decided to revise early the guidelines on compiling safety standards on cybersecurity measures for 14 key infrastructure sectors, including electricity and power supply systems, and airports.

The decision was made at a meeting of a related group of the panel on Thursday.

The government is believed to be aiming to make sure that suspicious equipment is not used in the private sector as well, apparently keeping in mind products made by such firms as Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies. Companies are cautious over such government moves, however, in light of impacts on their operations.

Last month, the government, following in the footsteps of the United States, decided that its ministries and agencies will not procure information and communications systems that are possibly equipped with malicious functions, such as one for stealing information.

Through the revision of the guidelines, the government plans to urge private-sector operators of important infrastructure to follow suit in order to further beef up Japan's cybersecurity system ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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