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Social Value Creation Report Safer Cities & Public Services

Commercial facilities as targets:
New threats to critical infrastructure

January 29, 2018

The cyber attack on Iranian nuclear installations that occurred in 2010 came as a great shock to industries involved with the establishment and operation of critical infrastructure.

Cyber attacks on a state level are characterized by the targeting of critical infrastructure, such as public transportation systems, large-scale constructions, power plants, and dams.

Any damage to or cessation/interruption of operation of such critical infrastructure caused by a cyber attack can inflict immense harm on the society. As demonstrated by the spread of IoT and mobile telecommunications, the connectivity of diverse devices and systems to networks also increases the need for security in the critical infrastructure sector. This trend is expanding, as represented by the recent U.S. government's designation of the commercial facilities, which encompasses stations and shopping malls, as one of the critical infrastructure sectors. In particular, cyber attacks are increasing in the area of IoT, including devices connected to information telecommunications networks.

Over the coming years, government agencies, enterprises, and other organizations will be required to adopt security measures and cutting-edge technologies for both cyber and physical threats, including protections for critical infrastructure sectors.

This report overviews the cyber attack risks to critical infrastructure sectors that Japan and the world are confronted with, as well as specific efforts and sophisticated technologies deployable to reduce such risks.

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