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Joint Press Release with the National Information Security Center and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and CommunicationsThe Seventh ASEAN-Japan Cyber Security Policy Meeting was Held

On October 7 and 8, 2014, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the National Information Security Center (NISC), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) jointly held the Seventh ASEAN-Japan Cyber Security Policy Meeting (hereinafter referred to as the “policy meeting”)*1 in Tokyo, with the goal of enhancing international collaboration between and efforts by Japan and ASEAN countries*2 in the information security field, a fundamental element of socioeconomic activities.

At the policy meeting, participants followed up on the progress in the efforts for creating a secure business environment, and secure information and communication networks as well as for enhancing the capacity for cybersecurity, which the member countries agreed upon at the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Policy Meeting on Cybersecurity Cooperation held in Tokyo in September 2013. At the same time, they also confirmed that the efforts are advancing steadily.

In addition, the participants formulated guidelines concerning protection of critical information infrastructures in Japan and the ASEAN region, and also confirmed certain initiatives, including raising the common awareness of cybersecurity to enhance the levels of the security in the region, and the effectiveness of cyber communication exercises among the governments. Furthermore, they agreed to further enhance the future international collaboration between Japan and the ASEAN region in terms of protecting critical infrastructures and human resource development (for the summary of the minute, see the Japanese language press release).

Notes:

  1. First meeting: February 2009, Tokyo; Second meeting: March 2010, Bangkok, Thailand; Third meeting: March 2011, Tokyo; Fourth meeting: November 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Fifth meeting: October 2012, Tokyo; and Sixth meeting: October 2013, Manila, the Philippines.
  2. Participating countries: 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam)

1. Outline of the meeting

Date and venue: October 7 (Tue.) and 8 (Wed.), 2014, at Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo
Hosts: NISC, MIC, METI
Co-chairs: Japan (Mr. Ryozo Hayashi, Director of the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs) and Thailand (Dr. Chaichana Mitrpant, Deputy Executive Director, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA))
Attendees: Assistant Secretaries, Director Generals, Deputy Director Generals, and other officials from ministries related to the economy, investment, and information and communications in the ASEAN countries; Director Generals, Deputy Director Generals, and other officials from Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat, MIC, and METI

2. Major achievements

The participants followed up the progress in the efforts for creating a secure business environment, information and communication network as well as for enhancing capacity for cybersecurity, which were agreed upon at the Ministerial Policy Meeting held in September 2013, and confirmed that the efforts are advancing steadily. In addition, they formulated guidelines shared among Japan and the ASEAN economies concerning the protection of critical infrastructures, and also confirmed certain initiatives, including raising the common awareness of cybersecurity to enhance the levels of the security in the region, and the effectiveness of cyber communication exercises. Furthermore, they agreed to further enhance the future international collaboration between Japan and the ASEAN region in terms of protecting critical infrastructures and human resource development. The major achievements of the meeting are as follows:

1) Confirming the progress in the efforts stated in the Joint Ministerial Statement of the Ministerial Policy Meeting

Participants followed up the progress in the measures for enhancing the collaboration between Japan and the ASEAN region in the field of information security, including those for establishing a safe and secure business environment and information-community network as well as for fortifying the cybersecurity function, which were stated in the Joint Ministerial Statement publicized at the Joint Ministerial Policy Meeting in September 2013. At the same time, they also confirmed that the efforts are advancing in a steady manner. In addition, based on the progress ,both sides discussed the specific future approach to meet such needs from 2015, considering the intentions and needs of the ASEAN side.

2) Formulating guidelines shared among Japan and the ASEAN countries concerning the protection of critical infrastructures

Japan and the ASEAN economies have established a panel of experts from the member countries under the policy meeting, in order to intensively discuss the ideal approach to protecting critical infrastructures in Japan and the ASEAN region, and the meeting has been involved in preparing guidelines shared by the member countries for protecting critical infrastructures. At the 7th policy meeting, the expert panel submitted and reported on the draft guidelines, and the draft guidelines were adopted as the first issue.

3) Further strengthening the Japan-ASEAN information sharing system for cybersecurity

To address cyber threats, which tend to be globalized, the participants confirmed that they will establish and strengthen the Japan-ASEAN information sharing system for cybersecurity and also that they understand the effectiveness of cyber communication exercises among the governments aimed at promptly dealing with cyber incidents through their collaboration. At the same time, they agreed that they will make the efforts more practical and continue to carry out such efforts.

4) Further enhancing the Japan-ASEAN collaboration in the field of cybersecurity

Based on the achievements of the past efforts, the participants agreed to continue discussing the measures for protecting critical infrastructures and also to endeavor to collaborate between Japan and the ASEAN region in fostering highly-skilled human resources in the field of cybersecurity, including studying new measures to achieve the goal.

3. Coming schedule

The eighth policy meeting will be held in Indonesia.

Release Date

October 8, 2014

Division in Charge

Office for IT Security Policy, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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