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10 Hot Cybersecurity Companies To Watch In Japan


Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Apr. 8, 2021

The cybersecurity market in the Asia-Pac region is expected to grow by 15 percent year-over-year through 2025, fueled largely by a surge in cybercrime. 

“With billions of citizens and a significant share of the world’s economic activity, the Asia-Pacific region is a hotbed of innovation,” according to David Braue, an editor-at-large for Cybercrime Magazine. “Yet for all its benefits, that high-growth, fast-paced business activity has put the region’s companies on the front line of cybersecurity compromise this year as a ransomware explosion compounds the already significant baseline of cyber compromise,” adds Braue.

Fully 81 percent of companies in a recent study from Japan-based Trend Micro said they had suffered a cyberattack during 2020 — with 18 percent hit seven or more times throughout the year and 76 percent expecting that they will be hit by a cyberattack this year.

The robust economies of financial centers like Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo have made them particular targets for financially motivated cybercriminal campaigns, with “double-extortion” ransomware — in which criminals not only lock data and demand a ransom for its release but also exfiltrate data and threaten to publish it on the dark web if the ransom isn’t paid.

KnowBe4 is one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity companies with a presence in Japan. While the security awareness training and phishing simulation high flyer is focused on educating employees in order to extinguish the greatest cyber threat — phishing attacks — the region features a lineup of some other impressive cyber defenders.

Cybersecurity Companies in Japan

Who’s who in Japan’s cybersecurity market? Here’s 10 hot companies the editors at Cybercrime Magazine are watching in 2021, and you should too.

  • BBSec, Tokyo. One of the top security-focused service providers in Japan. Broadband Security’s services cover a wide range of security, from services to management consulting. BBSec brings specialized knowledge and experience in risk assessment, network and wireless security, log analysis, CSIRT, and more.
  • CDNetworks, Tokyo. One of the world’s largest content delivery networks. CDNetworks’ industry-leading solutions combined with their global scale enables them to provide businesses throughout the world with a fast, reliable and secure web experience, and protect against cyberattacks.
  • DigitalArts, Tokyo. Since its inception in 1995, DigitalArts has led the way in creating information security solutions, notably web filtering and email filtering that prevent dangers related to internet access ahead of time and file encryption and tracking solutions that protect mission-critical data.
  • FFRI Security, Tokyo. Developers of a next-generation multi-layer endpoint security solution. FFRI pioneered “precognitive defense” technology, which uses machine learning for highly precise protection against known and unknown malware or vulnerability attacks.
  • Fujitsu, Tokyo. A major player, Fujitsu can help safeguard your organization against cybercrime and strengthen your resilience against cyberattacks. After 40 years in the field of IT security, Fujitsu believes in intelligence-led security. Their holistic approach to security works to identify, detect and protect organizations from cyber threats.

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  • IIJ, Tokyo. Founded in 1992 as the country’s first Internet Service Provider, Internet Initiative Japan is a leading provider of network, email, endpoint, and web security, as well as identity management and authentication, and consulting and auditing services.
  • KnowBe4, Tokyo. The world’s largest integrated platform for security awareness training combined with simulated phishing attacks. Join their more than 35,000 customers to manage the continuing problem of social engineering. KnowBe4 enables your employees to make smarter security decisions, every day, in Japan and all over the world.
  • Nihon Cyber Defense, Tokyo. A global cyber defense company based in Japan protecting national infrastructure and organizations against cyberattack. Nihon Cyber Defence’s mission is to provide robust and confidential solutions, services and support to governments, corporates and organizations in order to protect them from all forms of cyber warfare aimed at financial, political or social disruption.
  • NTT DOCOMO, Tokyo. One of the largest technology companies in Japan. Recently celebrated a 35th anniversary, NTT DOCOMO established its IT security division in 2015. Consulting services around enterprise information systems, cloud infrastructures and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
  • Trend Micro, Tokyo. For over 30 years, Trend Micro’s unwavering vision has been to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Security is their entire focus, and it shows. This single-minded passion has inspired their innovations that keep up with the bad guys despite a changing IT landscape, riskier user behavior, and constantly evolving threats.

Cybercrime Magazine will be expanding our coverage of cybersecurity companies in Japan and this list later in 2021.

Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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