Japan Self-Defense Force Holds Multinational Cyberwar Games

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force on Tuesday held a multinational exercise to deal with cyberattacks, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

These are the first cyberwar games organized by the GSDF in which participants actually respond to attacks, and the first involving multiple nations. The GSDF sought to improve its capabilities to deal with cyberattacks by hosting the event.

Cyber ​​warfare personnel from the armed forces of the United States, Australia, France, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, as well as 10 teams from the land, sea and air forces and the National Defense Academy, have took part in the games.

It simulated a situation in which a defense agency was the target of a cyberattack seeking to hijack its system or obtain information. The host carried out an attack on the servers, and the participants clashed over methods and ideas for detecting the attacks, understanding the extent of the damage and restoring the functions of the server.

During the opening ceremony held online, Major General Yoshiki Adachi, head of the communication system and intelligence department of the Ground Staff Office, stressed the importance of cooperation Between the countries.

“In modern warfare, also called hybrid warfare, cyberattacks are a practical method of attack,” he told reporters. “We want to develop multinational cooperation through the event.”

The importance of the defense of information networks, crucial for the management of troops, is growing. During its invasion of Ukraine, Russia reportedly carried out cyberattacks against government institutions and infrastructure.

Although it has not yet suffered any real damage, the Ministry of Defense is also often the target of malware and data attacks.

The ministry is rushing to expand its capacity to respond to such attacks, with a cyber defense unit of around 540 people expected to be created by the end of this month.

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