Mandatory Cybersecurity Measures Sought for Key Infrastructures

Politics

Tokyo, May 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has called for establishing a law to oblige a wider range of infrastructure operators to take cybersecurity measures and setting up a new cybersecurity agency.

LDP officials including Sanae Takaichi, head of the party's Headquarters for Cybersecurity Measures, handed written proposals for measures to fight cyberattacks to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

Of the 14 key infrastructure areas designated by the government, only the electricity and gas sectors are obliged by law to take cybersecurity measures.

The LDP proposed that other infrastructure operators including information and communications businesses and financial services providers be also required to take such measures and report to the government promptly if they experience any major cybersecurity incidents.

Meanwhile, the party called for the existing National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, or NISC, to evolve into a new cybersecurity agency.

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