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Target Areas and Organizers Determined for the Project for Demonstrating Measures for Supporting SMEs in Conducting Post-Accident Measures Involving Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Support Ranger)

May 17, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) determined target areas and organizers for the Project for Demonstrating Measures for Supporting SMEs in Conducting Post-Accident Measures Involving Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Support Ranger). The project aims to raise awareness of cybersecurity among SMEs and popularize cybersecurity tailored to the current situations of SMEs.

1. Background

Through the Society 5.0 policy and the Connected Industries policy, through which Japan aims to leverage IoT, AI and other advanced technologies, industries are expected to create new value add based on the connection of a variety of social and technological elements. Meanwhile, if companies and industries are connected and establish networked supply chains, the points of origination of cyberattacks may rapidly expand along the supply chains and this situation may provide malicious people with new opportunities to conduct cyberattacks.

Many SMEs are not aware of the potential risks that may brought about by cyberattacks. Even regional SMEs, as well as large enterprises, are becoming targets of cyberattacks if they are involved in supply chains, and the current situations involving such cyberattacks on SMEs are becoming manifest in stages. Consolidation of cybersecurity measures by SMEs imbedded in supply chains is a critical challenge that may have a direct impact on the global trust in Japanese industries.

In light of this situation, METI and the IPA held a call for applicants for a demonstration project conducting tests in up to eight cities across Japan. This project aims to: provide measures called the “Cybersecurity Support Ranger” for supporting SMEs in taking cybersecurity efforts in collaboration with regional associations and companies; through these activities, ascertain current situations of cyberattacks and demand for cybersecurity measures; and thereby advance establishment of an SME-friendly framework for supporting them.

2. Target areas and organizers of the project

The IPA examined the proposals submitted by applicants, adopted eight proposals and determined the target areas and organizers of the project as below. The selected organizers will start the project in the eight target areas until February 17, 2020.

Target areas (adopted organizers) in the order from the northern parts to the southern parts of Japan

Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau