Last updated on June 6, 2002.
SEcurity Center (ISEC) is a public information sharing center for
promoting information security in Japan.
It was established on January 1, 1997 as a division of IPA. IPA is an affiliated organization to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Information Service Group, ISEC, IPA,
16F, Bunkyo Green Court Center Office,
2-28-8, Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo, 113-6591, Japan
Before the establishment
of ISEC, IPA had already been dealing with IT security related issues
as individual projects; computer virus incidents since 1990, unauthorized
computer access since 1996. There were also several cryptographic
technology related projects.
As Information security related issues became more complicated, IPA has decided to establish a division, which is charged with IT security within its organization. ISEC was established at the beginning of 1997.
After the establishment, in May 1998, ISEC has added several functions related to security evaluation and certification to support METI's policy.
In May, 2001, ISEC has redesigned its organizational structure to make it efficient by integrating similar tasks and adopting information-processing paradigm.
|May, 2001||IPA/ISEC restructured its organizational structure|
|May, 2000||IPA/ISEC started CRYPTREC project in cooperation with TAO.|
|April, 2000||In respond to MITI's policy, at this time MITI became METI, IPA/ISEC started e-Government support projects, including security software development, security evaluation/certification and cryptography technology evaluation.|
|July, 1999||IPA/ISEC newly organized Security Evaluation and Certification Office within the center/division.|
|May, 1998||IPA/ISEC newly organized Common Criteria Taskforce within the center/division.|
|January, 1997||IPA established ISEC within the organization. The former Anti-Virus Countermeasures Office was made included to ISEC. ISEC had been consisted from four office: Anti-Virus Countermeasures Office; Office Against Unauthorized Computer Access; Cryptography Technology Resarch Office; and Planning Office.|
|August, 1996||MITI, at this time METI, issued Unauthorized computer access prevention guidelines. IPA supported the development.|
|June, 1995||MITI, at thistime METI, amended the Computer virus prevention guidelines. IPA supported the amendment.|
|October, 1991||IPA established Anti-Virus Countermeasures Office within the organization.|
|April, 1990||MITI, at this time METI, issued the first version of the Computer virus prevention guidelines. IPA supported the development.|
We provide information regarding Information Security as public service mainly in Japanese.
of VUAC (Virus & Unauthorized Access Countermeasures
Our mission is to keep track of damages caused by computer viruses and unauthorized computer accesses and to provide the countermeasure information regarding viruses and unauthorized computer accesses.
We are promoting secure information infrastructure and helping METI's information security policy.
of LAB (Security Engineeing Laboratory)
Our mission is to provide practical solutions to technical problems regarding to software security.
of CRYPT (Cryptography research group)
Our mission is to conduct cryptographic research and evaluation. At present, CRYPT is working on CRYPTREC project in cooperation with NICT.
of ISCO (Information Security Certification Office)
We conduct ISO/IEC 15408 based certification schime, which is called JISEC.
June 28, 2005
In January 2004, IPA/ISEC has restructured its organization. At this time, 75 staffs, including 28 guest researchers and 13 assistant staff, are working.
Information security enhancement in Japan.