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METI to Establish Collaboration Platform for Exchanging Information on Cyber/Physical Security

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) decided to establish a collaboration platform to provide an opportunity for user companies and IT vendors to clarify and specify potential demands for cyber/physical security measures. The platform will also serve as a means to identify underutilized cyber/physical security products or services and other seeds of growth, as well as an opportunity for the public to exchange related information.

1. Background

In December 2017, METI launched the Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity aiming at identifying challenges that Japanese industries are facing in the field of cybersecurity to develop and promote related policy measures. In addition, three working groups (WG1-3) under the study group were established to hold discussions on specific policies for cybersecurity issues.

Specifically, WG 1 (Systems, Technologies and Standardization) aims to clarify potential demands for cybersecurity measures in user companies, WG2 (Management, Personnel and International Strategies) aims to raise awareness of cybersecurity measures among business administrators, and WG 3 (Starting-up Cybersecurity Business) aims to discuss policies that may bring about the creation of cybersecurity products or services and other seeds of growth. METI considers it is important to ensure that these working groups collaborate with each other.

From this point of view, METI and the IPA decided to establish a collaboration framework to provide an opportunity for the public to exchange information without requiring membership. They will encourage user companies and IT vendors to participate in the platform, collaborate with them in related efforts, and advance efforts for matching startups to potential demand for cyber/physical security measures and those for business matching between startups.

2. Expected participants in the platform

Without requiring membership, the platform will be open to any people wishing to participate in it. For details on how to participate, the IPA will release information on its website.

Release date

May 30, 2018

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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