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US-Japan Cybersecurity Joint Training with ASEAN Member States Held

September 14, 2018

From September 10 (Mon.) to 14 (Fri.), 2018, the Industrial Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (ICSCoE)* under the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) invited five experts from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) under the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC),** the United States, to Japan and held a series of training programs titled “US-Japan Cybersecurity Joint Training with ASEAN Member States.”

The training brought together 83 trainees of the Program for Fostering Core Human Resources provided by ICSCoE and 36 participants from 15 countries and regions, including ASEAN member states.***

*1. ICSCoE website (in Japanese)external link

**2. The NCCIC ICS is an abbreviation of the Industrial Control Systems under the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

***3. Participating countries: ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam), Australia, India, ROK, New Zealand and Taiwan.

1. Date, time and other information

Date:
From September 10 (Mon.) to 14 (Fri.), 2018
Venues:
  • From September 10 to 11: Fukutake Learning Theater, Fukutake Hall, the University of Tokyo
  • From September 12 to 14: ICSCoE and the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS)
Participants:
  • Five experts from DHS and NCCIC ICS;
  • 36 representatives from ten ASEAN member states, Australia, India, ROK, New Zealand and Taiwan;
  • 83 Japanese trainees from ICSCoE; and others

2. Outline

In April 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and IPA established ICSCoE under IPA to foster core human resources playing an active role, by uniting the public and private efforts, in the field of cybersecurity involving important infrastructures and industrial bases in Japan, and since July 2017, ICSCoE has been conducting one-year programs for fostering such human resources.

As part of the 2018 efforts for advancing the programs, ICSCoE invited five experts from DHS and NCCIC ICS of the United States, an initiative following on from the first Japan-US Cybersecurity Joint Drills in September 2017, and held Japan-US Cybersecurity Joint Drills involving control systems.

The 2018 drills brought together 83 trainees of the ICSCoE programs for fostering core human resources, and 36 participants from 15 countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific region, including personnel in charge of cybersecurity policies, staff from national computer security incident response teams (CSERT) of related countries and practitioners of important infrastructures. The participants were provided with opportunities to improve their skills and conduct networking.

This is the first initiative for Japan and the United States to conduct such training with ASEAN member states.

Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau