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Japan to require cyber defenses at infrastructure companies

New rules will apply to businesses in 14 fields, including telecom and power

Cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan looks to require that companies in key infrastructure sectors such as finance, telecom and transport have plans for coping with cyberattacks, in response to a rise in such incidents globally.

The government will urge corporate managers to take the lead in making organizational changes and devising these plans, in addition to ensuring that equipment is secure. Tokyo will spell out these steps by April as it makes the first full revision of the country's key infrastructure action plan since 2017. The new rules, which focus on economic security, will take effect in fiscal 2022.

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