Japan to push cyberdefense network

Posted on October 8, 2012


After a recent spate of international cyber-attacks–many of which are believed to have originated in China–the government plans to promote a cyber-attack defence network with 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, according to sources.

The move comes amid a series of cyber-attacks against websites of government offices and corporations in many countries.

Under the system, the government intends to share information about cyber-attack patterns and technology to defend against the attacks.

It also plans to carry out exercises to verify the effectiveness of the system within the current fiscal year.

The 10 countries, including Thailand and Indonesia, agreed to establish the network because many of the recent attacks are believed to have come from China, observers said.

Details will be discussed at international working-level consultations on information security to be held in Tokyo on Wednesday and Thursday, according to sources.

In particular, the government plans to construct a system that will facilitate contact between officials in charge of cyber-attacks in each country so they can share information about attacks.

The system also would make it possible for the countries to take joint countermeasures when one of them is attacked.

Preparations in ASEAN countries to counter cyber-attacks have not kept up with the increased use of computers in government offices and corporations that comes with economic development.

Under the circumstances, ASEAN countries often come under cyber-attack, and in some cases appear to be the source because the attacks are routed through Internet servers in the countries to hide their source, according to observers.