Infrastructure Operators Urged to Manage Data in Japan

Politics

Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government asked critical infrastructure operators Thursday to manage important data in Japan so as to prevent their leakage.

The request was made as part of the government's revised guidelines on security standards for operators of essential services such as electricity, water and gas. The guidelines were adopted at the day's meeting of the government's Cyber Security Strategy Headquarters.

In case infrastructure operators use overseas servers to manage important data, the new guidelines called on such operators to do so based on a clear understanding of local regulations and systems.

"With cyberattacks becoming increasingly complex and tricky, we'll see more and more taking aim at (utility) supply chains," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who heads the headquarters, told the meeting, directing related cabinet ministers to beef up measures against such attacks.

As there have been cases in which earthquakes and heavy rain caused damage to infrastructure, the revised guidelines urged infrastructure operators to choose locations where risks of damage from disasters are low for establishing their information systems.

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