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Notification of the new service 'Cyber Security Service'

 

2013/04/01

 

The DIGITAL Hearts board has decided today to launch the "Cyber Security Service," which will protect information assets against malicious cyber attacks. The details are outlined below.



1. Background of newly developed service
Recently, the number of so-called cybercrime, crimes committed using networks, has continued to rise, and the number of arrest in Japan during 2011 reached a record high of 5,388. Also, the number of DDoS attacks(*) in Japan during 2010 increased 60 times, which indicates that the threats of cyber attacks targeting important information and systems of government agencies and corporations are increasing on a global basis. (Source: data published by National Police Agency "NPA Cyber Security Emphasis Policies")

As these cyber attacks cannot be dealt with general antivirus software and the Japanese information security sector faces a shortage of over 22,000 manpower (source: data published by Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan "Preliminary Research on Information Security Human Resource Development"), it is imperative to develop security specialists who can protect information assets against cyber attacks through public and private cooperation.
Digital Hearts' main business is Quality Assurance Testing (Q&A Testing) Service which identifies software defects, and we offer unique Q&A testing service in Japan and overseas using the efficient debugging method based on over 700,000 of accumulated bug data and defect identification power from the consumer viewpoint of 8,000 registered testers.
The Q&A testing service consists of "Passive debugging service" to conduct test according to the specifications and "Active debugging service" to actively induce defects using a unique sense. With a number of skilled experts with considerable experience in debugging, we provide excellent "active debugging service" to induce unexpected defects as well as debugging service for software, internet-related information equipment and website.
Recently, we decided to organize a joint research project regarding cyber security with Mr. Hiroaki Hazeyama, an assistant professor of Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and Mr. Yuji Sekiya, an associate professor of Tokyo University, who are leading researchers in the internet realm and Mr. Daisuke Miyamoto, an assistant professor of Tokyo University, and to establish Cyber Security Team by combining their know-how and our experts. And we will form an expert group of "Security debugger" who will protect information assets against malicious cyber attacks and start "Cyber Security Service."

(*) DDoS attack: a type of attack where multiple compromised systems connected to internet are used to send large volume of traffic to the targeted site.

[Hiroaki Hazeyama]
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Information Science, Internet engineering course
Hiroaki Hazeyama, Assistant Professor, Doctor

2003
Obtained a master's degree (Engineering) in Information Process at Graduate School of Information Science of Nara Institute of Science and Technology
2005
Became a fixed-term educational employee of Nara Institute of Science and Technology Received a doctoral degree (Engineering) in Information Process at Graduate School of Information Science of Nara Institute of Science and Technology
2008
Became an assistant professor of Graduate School of Information Science of Nara Institute of Science and Technology, an assistant professor of Information Initiative Center and a fellow of Testbed R&D Promotion Center of National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (concurrently)
2010
Became a visiting researcher of Keio Research Institute at SFC (concurrently)(Major research area)
After the experience of researching DNS as a visiting researcher of USC/ISI in the US, currently engaged in research of improvement of DNS security and reliability of cloud computing


[Yuji Sekiya]
Information Technology Center, The University of Tokyo, Network Research Division
Yuji Sekiya, Associate Professor, Doctor

 

1999

Obtained a master's degree in Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University

2002

Became an assistant of Information Technology Center, The University of Tokyo

2005

Completed second half of doctoral course (Media and Governance) of Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University
(Major research area)
After the experience of researching DNS as a visiting researcher of USC/ISI in the US, currently engaged in research of improvement of DNS security and reliability of cloud computing


[Daisuke Miyamoto]
Information Technology Center, The University of Tokyo, Network Research Division
Daisuke Miyamoto, Associate Professor, Doctor


2002
Obtained a master's degree (Engineering) in Information Process at Graduate School of Information Science of Nara Institute of Science and Technology

2009

Received a doctoral degree (Engineering) in Information Process at Graduate School of Information Science of Nara Institute of Science and Technology

2009

Became a researcher of Traceable Network Group of Security Center of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
(Major research area)
Engaged primarily in research of fishing site countermeasure technology as well as in research of network security technology and replication and analysis technology of cyber threats in testbed.

 

2. Summary of the "Cyber Security Service"

We will provide service to assist construction of security environment which cannot be fully secured by existing test tools by conducting a security check to test whether there are security holes in the customer's network and a penetration test (*) to test the possibility of leak of important information by attempting to access from outside.
(*) Penetration test: a type of security testing method to identify weaknesses of computer or network security by actually attacking the system to attempt an access

 

3. Date of service commencement:April 1, 2013

 

4. Outlook

The impacts on the consolidated business results forecast for the year ending March 31, 2014 are currently under review and will be reported in the "Summary of Business Results for the Year Ended March 31, 2013" to be published on May 10, 2013.

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