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Japan to extend cyberdefense umbrella to private sector

Power, communications and other lifelines at risk of attack

Self-Defense Forces members attend a lecture on cyberdefense. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is weighing how to expand the Self-Defense Forces' cyber protection responsibilities to businesses as increasing attacks threaten both confidential data and infrastructure.

Under a framework to be put in place as early as 2024, the SDF's cyberdefense unit would also cover such private-sector entities as power and communications companies, as well as transportation networks.

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