Japan to restrict use of foreign tech in telecom, power grids
Tuesday, 05 18 2021, Category: Technology, Country: Asia
TOKYO -- The Japanese government will introduce new regulations for 14 critical infrastructure sectors to bolster cyber defenses, learning from the recent Colonial Pipeline hack that shut down a major energy artery in America's East Coast.
The sectors include telecommunications, electricity, finance, railroads, government services and health care, Nikkei has learned. The government will require operators of such key infrastructure to address national security concerns when procuring foreign-made equipment.
The potential for cyberattacks and information leaks has grown over the years as telecom carriers and public utilities increasingly rely on digital technologies to operate and monitor their facilities. Japan hopes to mitigate risks posed by compromised equipment and connections, especially amid growing concerns of data leaks from Chinese-made telecommunications equipment.
The government plans to amend the various laws governing each sector in one sweeping motion and add a clause requiring each sector to be conscious of national security risks.
Specifically, they will be required to look into issues stemming from the use of foreign equipment or services, including cloud data storage, as well as connections to servers located overseas.