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Japan seeks to protect infrastructure with cyberdefense training

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will set up as early as next fiscal year a training center aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of such infrastructure as power, gas and water.

Trainees, such as engineers at private-sector companies, will receive guidance on cyberdefense technology and instruction from experts including former hackers. Upon completing the course, lasting about a year, trainees will be endowed with a new national credential being launched next fiscal year.

In addition to long-term courses, classes lasting just a few weeks will be offered as well. The aim is to beef up companies' ability to fend off cyberthreats.

The training center will be run by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, an affiliate of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. It will be located at a Miyagi Prefecture security center, which has a simulated plant that can offer hands-on training.

The necessary funding will be included in the ministry's supplementary budget proposal this fall.

(Nikkei)

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