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Japan to tap private sector for cyber defense experts

Defense Ministry considers paying outside contractors over $170,000 a year

Japan's Defense Ministry is planning to outsource some of the nation's cybersecurity needs.

TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry will contract out some of its cybersecurity needs to compensate for weaknesses and better prepare for cyberattacks.

Increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks are hitting critical infrastructure around the world, and the ministry is looking for ways to beef up the Cyber Defense Group in the Self-Defense Forces.

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