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Japan introduces cybersecurity strategy for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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With the Olympic and Paralympic Games starting in two years, the Japanese government introduced a new cybersecurity strategy Wednesday in a meeting held at the government’s Cyber Security Strategy Headquarters. The meeting was headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The new strategy is pending for approval from the Cabinet.

“The likelihood of cyber attacks resulting in major economic losses is growing,” Yoshihide Suga said at the meeting.

As a part of the strategy, the government plans to create a new body to ensure effective coordination among government agencies, the Olympic organizing committee, municipalities, and business operators to respond to cyber threats.

The government also decided to introduce a five-level scale to classify the severity of cyber attacks. The severity index categorizes the cyber attacks into five levels: the lowest level 0 indicates ‘No Impact’ while the highest level 4 indicates ‘Extremely Grave Impact’. The index would be helpful for people, government, and business entities in understanding the magnitude of threats and taking necessary actions.

 

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