Generally we associate the name virus, something that is not good, which is bad, biologically the virus is decidedly not good for our body and is considered as an enemy. But what about a computer virus? Can it be beneficial? It’s something we do not know much about, but on this floor I think we’ll change our minds soon.
Japan will develop its first computer virus as a defense against computer attacks. This virus will act as a deterrent against the invasion of malware attacks on a computer system.
The government said it is seeking to improve its defense capabilities beyond the land, sea and air domains to address security challenges in new areas such as cyberspace and outer space in the midst of technological advances in recent years.
Japan lags behind other countries in dealing with the threat of computer attacks. It plans to increase the number of employees in its cyberspace unit from 150 to 220, compared with 6,200 in the United States, 7,000 in North Korea and 130,000 in China, according to the ministry.
The ministry has been considering specific measures against cyber attacks since it pledged to strengthen its defense of cyberspace under the latest national defense guidelines launched last December.
Some defense experts say that the ability to obstruct the use of cyberspace by an enemy can exceed the limits of the country’s purely defense-oriented policy.
The virus, to be developed by private companies, will be used only for defense purposes – not for pre-emptive attack, “a ministry source said. Government policy allows hacking only against a country or an organization considered to be equivalent to a country.
If all goes well the computer virus will be ready for the prime time by next March.