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Information Security Activities

Akebono has established an Information Security Committee, as well as information security policies, guidelines and rules for the handling of information in order to implement appropriate measures to protect information assets properly. We clarify measures according to materiality and risk, in order to provide appropriate protection for data owned in-house or provided by customers or business partners from all kinds of threats, including negligence, accidents, natural disasters, and criminal acts. Under the Information Security Committee, the Company has also set up a working group and established a system where information security personnel or an information system administrator in each section carries out their own checks against the information security risks to which their respective operations are vulnerable. Using a PDCA cycle to raise awareness of and adherence to the various regulations and guidelines through education and training, the Company is working to ensure information security. In the unlikely event that a violation does occur, such as with regard to the Company’s rules of employment, it is strictly dealt with. The Company complies with all relevant laws and regulations and other social norms, and strives to achieve continuous improvement of its management systems, including in response to changes in the environment.

Moreover, in recent years, in light of the increasing risk of information leakage due to global business expansion, growing dependence on IT and the increased liquidity of employment, the Company is further strengthening its information security. As part of these efforts, we implemented information security assessments by an external vendor in fiscal 2014-2015. Based on the results, we are continuing to bolster security, not only within Japan, but globally, based on benchmarks for our industry.

In the future, at the same time as continuing to implement global education and awareness-raising activities, we will continue to regularly conduct information security assessments, adopt new security measures, and strengthen our countermeasures to cyber-attacks, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated.