Japan to build cyber defense grid for the Indo-Pacific
Japan wants to build this grid to prevent future cyberattacks and protect its national security and stability.
Japan is developing a counter-cyber attack grid for the Indo-Pacific region to protect its interests and allies from cyber threats. The grid will consist of a cyber defence network that covers Pacific islands and enhances cybersecurity cooperation with regional countries.
This project is aligned with Japan’s goal of creating a free and open Indo-Pacific region, where it can balance the rising power of Russia, North Korea, and especially China. Japan wants to build this grid to prevent future cyberattacks and protect its national security and stability.
To strengthen cyber capabilities in the Indo-Pacific, the Japanese Foreign Ministry has allocated around a $75 billion investment plan to strengthen its ties with South and Southeast Asian nations and promote peace, connectivity, and security in the Indo-Pacific. The allocated funds will be utilized for various initiatives, including installing necessary cybersecurity equipment. Additionally, capacity building efforts will be undertaken through joint training sessions. The World Bank will also offer a dedicated fund to support the development of cybersecurity human resources in these nations.
Why does it matter?
The move comes amid growing concerns over China’s alleged involvement in cyber attacks against Japan. Around 200 Japanese organizations, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, are believed to have been targeted by Chinese cyber hackers. Reports suggest that Chinese military hackers have also accessed Japanese defence secrets.