Japan Takes Emergency Cybersecurity Measures for the 2020 Olympics

Japan Takes Emergency Cybersecurity Measures for the 2020 Olympics

Japanese cybersecurity will face a lot of challenges this year, as Japan will host two major sports events: the Tokyo Olympics in July-August and the Paralympics in August-September. At that time, the attention of all countries in the world will be in this country. For hackers with various purposes, these two events will be excellent targets. If Japan wants to prevent the intrusion of attackers, they need sufficient network defense and recovery capabilities. So that problems can be repaired in time.

Before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the malware had penetrated the system of the Winter Olympics. The worm, Olympic Destroyer, cut off the stadium’s Internet, shut down TV broadcasts, grounded broadcaster drones, shut down official websites, and prevented print tickets from making audiences unable to attend the opening ceremony. At the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, hackers attempted to launch a large-scale and significant cyberattack, which made people worried that the stadium would lose power. The Japanese Public Security Intelligence Agency warned that cyber attacks on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be one of Japan’s biggest threats in 2020.

Japanese media said that the Japanese government finalized a cybersecurity strategy to ensure Internet security in the next three years at a cabinet meeting in 2018. In response to the possible cyberattacks targeting the Olympic Games, a new organization responsible for coordinating relevant agencies will be established within the government around the end of 2018. A “Cybersecurity Response Coordination Center” will be established in order to strengthen the cooperation among the Olympic Organizing Committee, the Tokyo government, and infrastructure companies.

Japanese government emphasizes that with the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), cyberattacks will likely result in power outages and financial institution shutdowns. In order to prevent such situations, relevant institutions should conduct training and exercises to improve their response capabilities. In addition,  in order to cope with the ingeniousness of cyberattacks, it is necessary to cooperate with private enterprises in advance to carry out an active cyber defense plan.



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