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Call for Information on Technologies for Computer-Access Control Functions

December 7, 2018

Under the provision of Article 10 (1) of the Act on Prohibition of Unauthorized Computer Access (Act No. 128 of 1999; hereinafter referred to as “the Act”), the National Policy Agency (NPA), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) jointly conduct research on the current status of the occurrence of unauthorized computer access and that of research and development (R&D) involving technologies for computer access control functions, and have been annually publicizing the research results.

In order to compile the research results this fiscal year, from December 7, 2018, to January 25, 2019, they will call for information on R&D involving technologies for computer-access control functions, which are functions that NPA, MIC and METI are required to publicize through their documents.

1. Outline

In order to prevent computer-related crimes committed via telecommunications lines and maintain telecommunications-related order as realized by means of Access Control Features by prohibiting acts of unauthorized computer access, it is necessary for Japan to establish social environments that hinder unauthorized computer access.

To this end, in accordance to the Article 10 (1) of the Act, NPA, MIC and METI have been publicizing information on current status of the occurrence of unauthorized computer access and that of R&D involving technologies for computer access control functions. With regard to the information on the status of R&D, the Act covers the status of such R&D to which the private sector is committed on a voluntary basis. Accordingly, they will call for such information from a wide variety of industries.*1

Note 1: NPA, MIC and METI have been publicizing such information through their press releases.

Reference: Excerpts from the Act

Article 10 (1): To help protect Specified Computers with an Access Control Feature from acts of unauthorized computer access, the National Public Safety Commission, Minister for Internal Affairs and Telecommunications, and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry are to publicize the status of the occurrence of acts of unauthorized computer access and progress of research and development on technology relating to Access Control Features at least once a year.
(Article 10 (2) and (3) are omitted.)

2. Target technologies of the call

NPA, MIC and METI will call for information on the following six types of computer-access control technologies:*2

  1. Technologies for detecting and defending against computer intrusions;
  2. Technologies for addressing vulnerabilities;
  3. Technologies for advanced authorization;
  4. Technologies for incident analysis;
  5. Technologies for addressing unauthorized programs; and
  6. Other technologies for computer-access control functions.

This call targets technologies which were already completed and utilized in society or those ready to be utilized*3 (The technologies which are still in the R&D process are not targeted by this call).

Moreover, these target technologies exclude technologies involving the current projects to which the budget is allocated from NPA, MIC or METI.

Note:
*2: These technologies should be those involving computer-access control by electronic means through computers connected to networks and do not include physical security measures or the like.
*3: They do not include any product names or trade names of the technologies.

3. Period of the call

From December 7 (Fri.), 2018, to January 25 (Fri.), 2019*4
Note *4: Information must arrive by January 25, 2019, even by mail.

4. Application guidelines

For the outline of the call, see the Appendix attached to the Japanese language press release.

5. Future schedule

After receiving information on R&D, NPA, MIC and METI will select the technologies and publicize selected ones around March 2019.

Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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