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Joint Press Release with the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications The Ninth ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting Held

On October 20 (Thurs.) and 21 (Fri.), 2016, the ninth ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting* (hereinafter referred to as the “policy meeting”) was held in Tokyo.

Since its inauguration in 2009, the policy meeting has been held about once in a year, aiming to fortify international collaboration and efforts between Japan and the ASEAN member states** in the field of cybersecurity.

At the ninth policy meeting in 2016, participants confirmed and assessed the progress in the efforts achieved in the past year concerning: [i] protection of critical information infrastructures, [ii] an emergency liaison system for responding to the incidents due to cyber-attacks, and [iii] human resource development in the field of cybersecurity. Based on the confirmation and assessment, they discussed cooperation for the coming year.

As a result, participants acknowledged new guidelines concerning protection of critical information infrastructures in Japan and the ASEAN region, and also agreed that they will cooperate toward the introduction and implementation of policies for protecting critical information infrastructures under the guidelines in ASEAN economies.

Concerning the issue of human resource development, participating countries decided that they will review and discuss sustainable approaches to tackling human resource development as well as the existing discussion on providing long-term training courses.

In addition, participants also confirmed that they will jointly continue awareness-raising activities, inter-governmental exercise for an information liaison system and other efforts to improve the level of cybersecurity in the ASEAN region.

 Notes:
*1: The policy meetings had been held eight times as follows, before this 2016 session:
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;
Sixth meeting: October 2013, Manila, the Philippines;
Seventh meeting: October 2014, Tokyo; and
Eighth meeting: October 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia
**2: Participating countries: 10 ASEAN Member States of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam

1. Date and other information

Date and location:
October 20 (Thurs.) and 21 (Fri.), 2016; Tokyo
Responsible Organizations from Japan:
National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Co-chairs:
Japan: Prof. Ryozo Hayashi, Director of the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, Meiji University
Singapore: Mr. Hoo Ming Ng, Cyber Security Agency (CSA)
Attendees:
Director-generals, deputy director-generals, and other officials from ministries and agencies related to the economy, investment, and information and communications from ten ASEAN Member States (see the Appendix(PDF:11KB)PDFfile); director-generals, deputy director-generals, and other officials from the Cabinet Secretariat, MIC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and METI of Japan

2. Major achievements

At the eighth policy meeting held in Jakarta in October 2015, participants had agreed that they will cooperate in the fields of information liaison exercise, protection of critical information infrastructure, and human resource development. At the ninth policy meeting, they confirmed the progress in these cooperation programs and discussed future cooperation. Major achievements at the ninth policy meeting are as follows:

1) Further enhancement of Japan-ASEAN information sharing system related to cybersecurity

To address the cyber threats emerging worldwide, participants confirmed the achievements made in this fiscal year in inter-governmental information liaison exercises to establish and enhance the Japan-ASEAN information sharing system for cybersecurity and swiftly respond to incidents in collaboration between participating countries. In addition, they agreed that from FY2017 they will introduce more practical exercises and will conduct such exercises on a continuous basis, expanding the number of participating organizations and people. Furthermore, they agreed that they will formulate common rules to further facilitate and ensure the advancement of information liaison efforts and continue to conduct table-top exercises which were conducted in FY2016, in a continuous manner, in addition to the existing information liaison exercises.

2) Revision and implementation of the new guidelines

Participants acknowledged new common guidelines concerning protection of critical information infrastructures in Japan and the ASEAN region. The new guidelines are the result of revising the guidelines concerning protection of critical information infrastructures in Japan and the ASEAN region which were formulated in 2015 based on the results of the survey of the latest situation concerning protection of critical information infrastructure in ASEAN economies. Participants confirmed that they will discuss to the possibility of holding workshops in 2017 similar to those held in FY2016 so that ASEAN economies will be able to introduce and implement policies for protecting critical information infrastructure under the new guidelines and in response to the latest situation.

3) Promotion of cooperation in human resource development

Japan has been providing ASEAN countries with short-term training courses and workshops for human resource development in the field of cybersecurity. In addition to these efforts, participants in the policy meeting confirmed that they will continue to discuss details on providing long-term training programs in Japanese universities for students from ASEAN economies. Furthermore, they also confirmed that they will continue to review and discuss sustainable efforts for human resource development in participating countries in order to achieve cybersecurity as the level of skill and human resources increase. Moreover, they also confirmed that they will continue to conduct joint awareness-raising activities in the field.

3. Coming schedule

The tenth policy meeting will be held in Singapore.

Release date

October 24, 2016

Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Related Information

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