TOKYO, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press) — The Metropolitan Police Department began a joint drill with private companies on Monday to prepare for cyberattacks.
Attended by highly technical companies that operate critical infrastructure such as power plants and railroads, the training explores ransomware, where perpetrators demand a ransom in exchange for regaining access to blocked data. Simulated a response to an attack.
Ransomware cases have skyrocketed in recent years. Last October, an attack on the electronic medical record system at the Osaka General Medical Center brought the facility in Osaka, western Japan, to a halt.
MPD conducts cyber security drills almost every year. It’s the first time I’ve ever dealt with ransomware in an exercise.
On Monday, the Metropolitan Police Department worked with security department personnel from participating private companies to confirm how the virus spread, the contents of the malicious files, and how to deal with the damage. A total of about 550 people from about 130 companies will participate in the exercise, which will run until February 9. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, training is being conducted online.
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