April 17, 2019
On April 17, 2019, the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) updated its List of Services that Meet Information Security Service Standards, a compilation publicized by the IPA, and the number of listed services has grown to 100.
In recent years, the number of cyber-attacks has increased and their methods are becoming more and more sophisticated. Utilization of information security services provided by businesses may be one of several means against cyber-attacks. However, ordinary service users, not experts in this field, often face difficulties in determining the quality of information services provided by many information service providers when choosing an appropriate provider.
To address this situation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) considered it important to establish a system in which a third party objectively determines whether or not such service providers strive to maintain and improve the predetermined quality of their information security services and uncover their results, and to this end, in February 2018, METI publicized the Information Security Service Standards.
In line with the publication of the standards, METI requested to the IPA to research the level of market dissemination of information security services that meet the standards and to publicize the research results as a List of Services that Meet Information Security Service Standards so that people intending to use such services are able to refer to the results.
2. List of Services that Meet Information Security Service Standards
On April 17, 2019, the number of services in the List of Services that Meet Information Security Service Standards has come to 100 in total.
The breakdown of the 100 services is: 22 for information security inspection services, 37 for vulnerability diagnosis services, 16 for digital forensics services, and 25 for security monitoring and operation services.
METI hopes that people intending to use any information security service refer to this list in selecting service providers.
Division in Charge
Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau