From: RocketNews24

The word “hacker” might bring to mind the motley crew of the 1995 film Hackers, or else a number of high-profile cyberattacks resulting in everything from compromised email addresses to a massive Sony data leak. Recently, however, cybersecurity measures are proving that not all hackers are created equal.

Starting in early 2015, the Japanese government will begin recruiting personnel for a fledgling team of “white hat” hackers. Unlike their counterparts on the other side of the law, these computer experts will bring their skills to bear in identifying and protecting against potential security threats.

January of this year marked the birth of the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) under the directorship of Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary Takamizawa Nobushige. The center will serve as the base of operations for the cybersecurity force, which began accepting applications from the private sector in the same month and is currently screening candidates. Recruits will eventually swell to around 10, with an additional staff of over 100. The former will serve as government employees for up to five years.

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