July 11, 2018
In May 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) jointly established the 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, which does not require membership.
METI hereby announces that the second collaboration platform will be held on July 23, 2018 in Tokyo.
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 called “Collaboration Platform” to provide an opportunity for the public to exchange information without requiring membership. They will aim to encourage user companies and IT vendors to participate in the platform, collaborate with them in related efforts, and advance efforts for matching startups’ seeds of growth to potential demand for cybersecurity measures.
2. Outline of the efforts by the Collaboration Platform
- Exchanging opinions on potential demand for cybersecurity
Participants can share information on challenges in introducing cybersecurity measures into their own companies with other companies facing similar challenges so as to exchange opinions and bring about solutions to such challenges.
- Exchanging opinions on cybersecurity products or services as seeds of growth
Participants can make a free-style presentation on the strong points and other advantages of their own technologies, such as explanation of their cybersecurity products or services.
- Business-matching opportunities
If participants find any potential seeds of growth (cybersecurity products or services) that they expect to effectively make use of as a solution to potential demand, they can individually exchange opinions with other companies holding such seeds. If participants consider that a combination of their technologies and seeds of other companies will create more useful solutions to cybersecurity, they can individually exchange opinions with such other companies.
3. Participation in the Collaboration Platform
The Collaboration Platform is an open-style platform not requiring membership, and anyone who is interested in the platform is freely able to participate. For how to participate, visit the IPA website below:
Division in Charge
Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau