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The 11th ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting Held

October 26, 2018

On October 16 (Tue.) and 17 (Wed.), 2018, the 11th ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting was held in Tokyo.

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

At the 11th meeting this year, participants exchanges views on their domestic cybersecurity policies over the past year, and confirmed and assessed cooperation activities, including cooperation in responding to cyber incidents, information sharing on case examples of achievements involving protection of critical information infrastructures, and development of human resources expertized in cybersecurity.

At the meeting, participants confirmed the progress in a variety of cooperation activities between Japan and ASEAN member states and agreed on new cooperation activities to further enrich regular information sharing.

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

1. Date, time and other information

Date and venue: October 16 (Tue.) and 17 (Wed.), 2018, at Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo
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: Mr. Ryozo Hayashi, Director, Comprehensive International Research Institute, Musashino University
Brunei Darussalam: Mr. Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis, CEO, BruCERT
Keynote speech:
Mr. Yoichi Shinoda, Assistant Officer for Cybersecurity, NISC
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 (see the Appendix); 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 previous meeting held in Singapore in October 2017, participants had agreed that they would cooperate in the fields of cybersecurity drills, protection of critical information infrastructures, and human resource development. At the 11th meeting, they confirmed the progress in these cooperation activities and also discussed future Japan-ASEAN collaboration and cooperation. Major achievements at the 11th meeting are as follows:

  1. Further enhancement of the Japan-ASEAN information sharing system and the system for responding to the occurrence of cyber incidents
  2. Participants made briefings on the FY2018 results of information liaison training and table-top exercise to maintain the Japan-ASEAN information sharing system for cybersecurity threats and to confirm procedures for international collaboration in responding to the occurrence of incidents. In addition, they confirmed that they will continue to conduct these efforts in FY2019 and the following years.
    They agreed on the trial introduction of new communication tools so as to further enrich regular information sharing.
    Promotion of efforts for protection of critical information infrastructures
    Participants made briefings on the convening of workshops for protection of critical information infrastructures, an effort following on from 2017, aiming to exchange information on practical efforts for protection of critical information infrastructures and on advanced and inspiring efforts therefor. Moreover, they confirmed that they will continue to conduct these efforts in FY2019 and the following years.
  3. Promotion of cooperation in human resource development
    Japan made a briefing on the progress of its projects for development of human resources expertized in cybersecurity, and participants made briefings on the progress in awareness-raising activities by Japan and ASEAN member states. In addition, participants confirmed that they will continue to conduct these efforts in FY2019 and the following years.

3. Future schedule

The 12th meeting will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in the fall of 2019.

Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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