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The Tenth ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting Held

On October 10 (Tue.) and 11 (Wed.), 2017, the tenth ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting* (hereinafter referred to as the “policy meeting”) was held in Singapore.

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

At the tenth policy meeting in 2017, participants confirmed and assessed the efforts achieved in the past year concerning: [ⅰ] protection of critical information infrastructures, [ⅱ] an emergency liaison system for responding to incidents due to cyber-attacks, and [ⅲ] human resource development in the field of cybersecurity. In addition, they also comprehensively reviewed and assessed the past activities, and discussed cooperation for the coming year based on the results of the review and assessment.

As a result, participants acknowledged the progress in efforts for fostering trust and cooperative relationships at the respective levels of the officials in charge of Japan-ASEAN policies, and also agreed on future efforts between Japan and the ASEAN region, including: continuing ongoing joint awareness-raising activities, inter-governmental exercises for an information liaison system, discussion for fortifying a collaboration and cooperation framework to further promote information sharing on a regular basis, and sharing advanced and leading efforts for the protection of critical information infrastructures.

Moreover, they agreed that they will change the current title of the ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting to the Japan-ASEAN Cybersecurity Policy Meeting and that they will compile a Japan-ASEAN Cybersecurity Policy Handbook (tentative title), as a project celebrating the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the policy meeting.

Notes:

*1:The policy meetings have been held nine times as follows, prior to 2017:
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, Philippines;
Seventh meeting:October 2014, Tokyo;
Eighth meeting:October 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia; and
Ninth meeting:October 2016, Tokyo.

**2:Participating countries:10 ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam)

1. Date, time and other information

Date and time:
October 10 (Tue.) and 11 (Wed.), 2017
Venue:
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel (Singapore)
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, Deputy Chief Executive Operations, Cyber Security Agency (CSA)
Participants:
Directors-general, Deputy Directors-general, and other officials from ministries and agencies related to economy, investment, and information and communications in ASEAN Member States; representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat; Directors-general, Deputy Directors-general, and other officials from the Cabinet Secretariat, MIC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and METI of Japan

2. Major achievements

At the ninth policy meeting held in Tokyo in October 2016, participants had agreed that they would cooperate in the fields of information liaison training, protection of critical information infrastructures, and human resource development. At the tenth policy meeting, they confirmed the progress in these cooperation efforts and also confirmed the past achievements, taking the opportunity of the tenth meeting as a milestone for the policy meeting, and discussed future Japan-ASEAN collaboration and cooperation. Major achievements at the policy meeting are as follows:

1)Further enhancement of the Japan-ASEAN information sharing system related to cybersecurity
To address the cyber threats emerging around the world, participants confirmed the achievements made in this fiscal year in inter-governmental information liaison training and table-top exercises to establish and enhance the Japan-ASEAN information sharing system for cybersecurity and to swiftly respond to the occurrence of incidents through collaboration among participating countries. In addition, they agreed that they will continue such training and exercises even more practically and expand the number of participating organizations and individuals in FY2018. Furthermore, they agreed to revise common rules to increase efficiency and ensure the advancement of information liaison efforts and to advance discussions toward conducting information sharing on an ordinary basis and further enhancing the information sharing system.
2)Survey on the progress in cooperation efforts under the guidelines concerning protection of critical information infrastructures and future directions of these efforts
Participants received a debriefing concerning the results of the survey on the progress in cooperation efforts that were conducted under the guidelines and revised at the ninth meeting in 2016, concerning the protection of critical information infrastructures in Japan and the ASEAN region, and confirmed the dissemination levels of voluntary efforts in member states. Participants confirmed that they will discuss the possibility of holding workshops in 2018 following those held in FY2017 so that ASEAN economies will be able to exchanging views and information with entities engaging in advanced and leading efforts in order to introduce and implement policies for protecting critical information infrastructures specific to their latest situations.
3)Promotion of cooperation in human resource development
Participants in the policy meeting received a debriefing concerning the progress in the programs for human resource development that Japan has been providing to ASEAN economies in the field of cybersecurity: short-term training courses and workshops; and long-term training courses in Japanese universities for students from ASEAN economies, which is a new effort started in FY2017. Moreover, participants received a debriefing concerning a list of roles that the Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) organized by the governments of member countries should fill as a reference for member states in advancing human resource development on a continuous, voluntary basis. Moreover, they confirmed that they will continue to conduct joint awareness-raising activities in the field.
4) Review of the past efforts, and future directions of cooperation and collaboration
Taking the opportunity presented by the tenth meeting as a milestone for the policy meeting, participants reviewed their past efforts. They agreed that they will change the current title of the ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting to the Japan-ASEAN Cybersecurity Policy Meeting and also that they will compile a Japan-ASEAN Cybersecurity Policy Handbook (tentative title), as a project launched to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the policy meeting.

3. Coming schedule

The 11th policy meeting will be held in Tokyo in the fall of 2018.

Release date

October 16, 2017

Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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