Japan to Restrict Foreign Tech Use on Critical Infrastructure Amid Security Concerns

The Japanese government will be introducing new regulations for 14 critical infrastructure sectors to address national security concerns to cyberattacks as demonstrated in the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack in the U.S.

The critical infrastructure sectors will include electricity, finance, and health care.

The new regulations seek to address the risks of cyber vulnerabilities inherent in procuring foreign-made equipment and mitigate the risks of compromised connections amidst growing concerns of data leaks from Chinese-made telecommunications equipment.

Telecom carriers and public utilities increasingly rely on digital technologies as part of their operation and monitoring of facilities. This reliance on key technologies reveals the potential for cyberattacks and information leakage over the years.

The Japanese government is planning to amend laws governing each of the 14 critical infrastructure sectors with special emphasis on issues related to the USA of foreign technologies or services.

The government will also be monitoring companies for compliance with new regulations and will cancel or suspend licenses once a violation of major concern was found.

“Other countries are also imposing similar restrictions on tech-related procurement. The U.S. is requiring that companies seek prior approval to use Chinese-made technology equipment and services,” said Nikkei Asia in a report.

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