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Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity to Hold Its First Meeting

In recent years, Japanese industries have been facing cybersecurity challenges, an issues with growing seriousness. To address this situation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)considers it important to uncover such challenges and promote related policies. As one of the efforts to this end, METI decided to establish a Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity composed of  a variety of leading people in the field, such as business  leaders representing industry and experts who have paved the way to the internet era.

1. Background to convening the meeting and other information

METI released the policy concept titled "Connected Industries" as a goal that Japanese industries should aim to create new added value through connectedness of a variety of data. Since then, it has been promoting related efforts to achieve the goal. Meanwhile, as industries and companies further advance the networking of social elements, including efforts for achieving "Connected Industries," they may face higher risks of becoming a target of cyberattacks.

As the points of origination of cyberattacks are rapidly expanding and cyberattack techniques are becoming more and more sophisticated, potential cyberattacks threaten all industrial activities. Against this backdrop, overall supply chains and industrial players need to fortify their cybersecurity measures as a common initiative.

Moreover, as seen in cross-border cyberattacks, individual country-based countermeasures are not sufficient. Bearing this in mind, Japan should advance related efforts keeping an eye on secured international harmonization of countermeasures, such as enhanced collaboration with Western and other countries and Japan's proactive filing of proposals for new international standardization.

As seen above, Japanese industries are facing a variety of challenges in cybersecurity. To address this situation, METI considers it important to uncover such challenges and promote related policies. As one of the efforts to this end, METI decided to establish a Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity composed of a variety of leading people in the field of cybersecurity, such as business operators representing industry and experts who have paved the way to the internet era.

2. Meeting schedule

The study group will hold its first meeting on December 27(Wed.), 2017.
Note:For the list of the members of the study group, see the Appendix.

Appendix

Release date

December 26, 2017

Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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