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Results of the Meetings of the Examination Working Group of the Information Economy Subcommittee were Compiled

In January 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established an Examination Working Group (WG) of the Information Economy Subcommittee under the Commerce, Distribution and Information Committee of the Industrial Structure Council. Since then the WG has held meetings on specific approaches to designing a new system for the IT Security Support Provider (tentative name) and compiled the results into an interim report.

1. Background to the meeting

As information technology penetrates further into society, the number of cyber attacks has tended to grow in recent years. In light of the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan is required to fully prepare a framework for information security measures. However, information leak incidents occur frequently in effect. In the background to such incidents is the fact that enterprises face a shortage of human resources who can play a practical role in conducting information security measures. To address this situation, Japan has been asked to secure human resources committed to information security across society as quickly as possible.

Based on this situation, METI has revised the necessary provisions of the Act on Facilitation of Information Processing so as to create a new national qualification for human resources committed to information security titled ‘IT Security Support Provider.” At the same time, METI created an Examination WG under the Information Economy Subcommittee of the Commerce, Distribution and Information Committee of the Industrial Structure Council. The WG held meetings on specific approaches to designing a new system of the support provider and compiled the results into an interim report.

2. Outline of the interim report

The Examination WG studied domestic and overseas case examples and systems concerning related qualifications and, based on the recognition thereof, focused on discussing specific approaches to designing a new support provider system, including a qualification examination, registration requirements, information on registration, and training courses, and compiled the results of the meetings into a report, including future measures for disseminating the new system.

  1. Qualification examination
    Creating a new system titled “IT Security Support Provider” (hereinafter referred to as the “qualification examination”)
  2. Registration requirements [exemption of examination]
    Passing the qualification examination; those who have already passed the Information Security Specialist Examination are exempted in whole or part from the qualification examination
  3. Disclosure of the information on registration
    Disclosing the information on registration of the support providers on websites and by other means so as to facilitate companies’ utilization of such human resources
  4. Training courses
    Providing obligatory training courses through a combination of online and physical courses
  5. Measures for disseminating the new system
    Promoting the dissemination efforts through industry-academia-government collaboration, including the streamlining of services and roles of the support providers, clarification of career paths, and creation of communities

For details, see the Japanese language news release.

Release date

April 27, 2016

Division in Charge

Information Service Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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