The Japanese Government is set to spend approximately 20 billion yen to form and train a cyber security staff dedicated to tackling the 2020 Olympics:

According to local newspaper Nikkei, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has put forward a set of cyber-security proposals in relations to the Games, and intends to request around 20 billion yen (£103 million) in government funding over the four years, starting from fiscal 2016.

This funding will go towards training for local authorities, schools, SMEs and enterprises, with the ministry also overseeing drills to prepare for attacks linked to the Games, such as websites being hacked and ticket sale scams. There are also reportedly plans for red teaming exercises.

The ministry, which did not respond to our request for comment, aims to create industry-wide forums so companies can share best practices and other knowledge in the realm of cyber-security in the run-up to the Olympics.

One security expert, who played a key and senior role in securing the 2012 London Olympics, toldSCMagazineUK.com that the games is probably being used ‘as a vehicle’ to reduce the much-publicised information security skills gap.

The Nikkei report cites one study which claims that 160,000 of the 265,000 infosec personnel in the country lack the skills need for the job.

“My reading of this is that it must be broader than just the Olympics,” said the expert, speaking anonymously and citing ambitions to reduce the skills-gap in particular.

The Japanese government needs to spend money to train people as the country is absolutely sorely lacking in the cyber security skills arena.