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Security Research Laboratories

Mikiya Tani
General Manager,
Security Research Laboratories

Multidimensional security research is necessary due to the emergence of cases that cannot be prevented by cyber security alone.

The key thrust of our research is toward cyber security, but our area of research is security in its entirety. Cases are emerging that cannot be prevented by cyber security alone, and we research into prevention by tracking of human behavior. We are also researching encryption to protect the content of data from being leaked even if the data itself is leaked in an accident, and computational processing of encrypted data without requiring decryption. We are also engaged in research on protection methods using AI, as countermeasures against new types of viruses and cyber-attacks.

Our urgent mission is the realization of a society where people can live securely.

Larger viewExample of cyber-attack detection in an ICT system

The Security Research Laboratories is researching mechanisms to enable people to live safely and securely, by using advanced IT technology. The occurrence of a cyber-attack incident, like the one in the Ukraine in December 2015, can mean the loss of a safe and secure lifestyle. This case was the first of many which are expected to occur in the future as a form of terrorism using cyber technology, when the frustration and dissatisfaction of some people exceeds a certain level. Of particular concern is the protection of power plants, water purification facilities, and transportation, which is very important for the safety of citizens, and development of technology to protect them from attacks is an urgent task.

An international environment with a global perspective.

I was appointed to this post in April 2016, and upon arriving at the Laboratories, I was impressed how international it is. Many joint research projects are undertaken with overseas partners, many research results are presented at overseas academic conferences, etc., and there are far more people from overseas working here than in other organizations. Researchers and staff are all skilled at speaking English and it is an environment where no one thinks twice about holding discussions in English.

Researchers-File

Hiroshi Takechi
Joined the company in 2014
Security Evangelist,
Security Research Laboratories
(Also works for Cyber Security Strategy Division)

I wanted to use my capabilities to the full at NEC which has a strong focus on security.

I worked for over 20 years in a security-related industry and I joined the Laboratories because I thought I would be able to use my capabilities to the full in light of how NEC has a strong focus on my field. I am currently Representative for Information Security Operation providers Group Japan (ISOG-J) and Representative Executive of the Cyber Risk Intelligence Center (CRIC). My mission is not technology research itself, but using past experience and contacts, etc., to think about social mechanisms and necessary systems to solve social issues relating to security, and to create a "place" for utilizing NEC technology and capabilities. There are large numbers of very talented and sincere people gathered at the Laboratories. It will be important to place ourselves in an R&D environment where we can feel ourselves even more in contact with cyber space, and I hope to be able to contribute to the establishment of such an environment.

Haruna Higo
Joined the company in 2014
Security Research Laboratories

I hope to achieve lots of research results that are highly recognized both within and outside the company.

As a student, I researched into the theory of cryptography and also was interested in research of cryptography for real-life applications. I joined the Laboratories not only because of the research area, but also the free and open atmosphere where lots of talented researchers hold discussions between themselves irrespective of their seniority. I am now researching methods for avoiding leakage of subtle information from biometric authentication systems using cryptographic techniques. Our paper has been accepted for presentation at a prestigious international conference in the field of cryptography. Just as I had imagined before joining, senior and experienced researchers carefully listen to and discuss ideas from young researchers like me and I feel I am conducting research as a researcher with own discretion. I hope to gain more expertise and experience, and achieve lots of research results that are highly recognized both within and outside the company.

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