Urgent demand for cybersecurity IT professionals in Japan
Japan is well known in the world for being a highly technological country with the largest number of banks in the world. However, it’s not rare to see companies in the country being victims of cyberattacks or problems related to the safety of their network infrastructure. Especially in its capital Tokyo, where companies are concentrated in different segments, has been discussing more and more about the importance of cybernetics, which is currently considered something critical for most organizations. In this article let's talk more about the current situation of cybersecurity in Japan and how it is linked with the surge of demand for skilled security engineer, including foreign IT Engineer
1. Current situation of cybersecurity in Japan
According to the survey conducted by Burning Glass that informs about the number of job offers for cybersecurity, the demand for IT engineers in security related positions grew 94% in just six years. Not only this data shows the direness for workforce, the surge of criminal cases connected to breach of data security in many Japanese big companies also reflects the country's lack of cyber security system and technologies.
Two samples of prominent security breach cases are:
1.1 NTT Docomo Inc. Case
Well, to those who like to follow the news, a few weeks ago, one of the big communication companies NTT Docomo suffered fraud cases related to electronic payments (cashless). Because of that, NTT Docomo Inc. of Japan suspended the services that allow customers to connect their bank accounts with their electronic money services. 10 regional banks in Japan have reported potentially fraudulent cash transactions, with NTT Docomo saying that its service with 17 regional banks and Japan Post Bank will be suspended.
1.2 Benesse - Language schools company Case.
In 2014, the leading education and publishing company Benesse suffered a leak from over 200 million customers and users. In this case, the problem was caused by one of the company's own engineers. As a result, the company saw a 26% reduction in membership, causing almost 100 million JPY in losses. The company had to compensate customers by reducing its service fees and distributing vouchers, which cost up to 20 billion JPY (around 200 million dollars.)
But it is very wrong to believe that only large corporations are targets of cyberattacks. Japan's National Police Agency recently announced that the number of targeted cyberattacks in recent years was the highest ever, with 6,740 reported cases.
2. Technology is constantly changing with times
Currently, Japan is undergoing major changes due to the need for digitalization amid the pandemic of COVID-19, which exposes the fragility of the country's infrastructure, considered critical compared to other countries.
This, coupled with the great increase in the number of new companies, change in the way technology companies work (which has encouraged their professionals to work remotely, which leaves employees and their companies more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks) and the great advance in the speed of communication (5G) makes the government start to evaluate the issue as a priority.
Shinzo Abe's new successor prime minister, Yoshihide Suga has spearheaded efforts to create a government entity called the Digital Agency, proposing changes and mainly raising awareness about the need to strengthen cybersecurity amid friction with its neighbors Russia, North Korea, and China.
3. The necessity and demand for Professionals
More than a luxury item, having a department focused on cybersecurity has become a necessity and a critical business disruptor. However, finding qualified professionals has been a major challenge for the sector.
An example of this is the job offer for a cybersecurity professional that is around $ 93,540 a year. That's 16% more - or about $ 13,000 - than the average for all IT jobs.
One of the points that aggravate the scarcity of qualified professionals is the demand for university training imposed by many companies. The fact is that universities simply cannot keep up with demand, forming a much lower number compared to the market's need (which is increasing with cloud computing, blockchain, and the Internet of Things). While the same situation is happening all around the world, scarcity is even worse in Japan because not only are they already lacking in productive age workers thanks to their aging populace, the country is also relatively slow in adapting to the digital market. This situation however could be beneficial for foreign IT engineers who wished to build their career in Japan because it means plenty of job opportunities are readily available to fill in.
For professionals who work or want to work in the cybersecurity segment, worldwide she is a well-valued professional who is now one of the most important ones. For example, in Japan, companies offer extremely attractive salaries, offer work visas, and often support the professional adaptation process.
4. Below, we have picked out some prominent tech companies with a line of business tightly linked with cybersecurity
i3 Systems, Inc.
A company running a MDM (master data management) business in Japan. With a mission “Making IT more accessible”, this company has been developing its own system called CLOMO MDM which features advanced security functions that provide strong protection of data even if a device is lost or stolen. With data management as their main service, security is the top priority that they’re focusing on and to maintain that they are constantly looking out for skilled engineers in the cybersecurity field.
If you are interested in joining their team, try to apply to one of their job openings here:
Another example of a company that offers a variety of services ranging from training to consulting and development focused on blockchain. With a mission to "dig for values and create economy" currently they are running multiple projects centering on creating solutions for financial troubles by utilizing the latest tech innovations. This company is also one of the very few companies who is running a BaaS (Backend as a Service) in Japan, if you are someone with a strong interest in Backend this could be a great work opportunity. Since their line of business is deeply connected with finance and data management, each project requires top-class security management in each stage of development. If what they’re doing interests you why don’t you try to be part of their team? They are currently looking for someone to fill their Fullstack engineer position that you can apply for here
A tech company offering platforms to manage money flows for corporate and individuals. Many big companies in Japan are using their service to manage the salary transfer of their employees. Their mission is to solve money-related issues of all individuals and businesses through building an open and fair financial platform and providing essential services. Just like any fintech companies out there, security is the topmost important aspect they have to manage day by day, thus the demand for engineers who can manage their cybersecurity is quite high and they are currently having open positions that you can apply for:
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