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Japan - US Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training for Indo-Pacific Region Held

September 12, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Industrial Cyber Security Center of Excellence (ICSCoE) under the Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), in collaboration with the government of the United States, held Japan - US Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training by experts of both countries, in Tokyo from September 9 (Mon.) to September 12 (Thur.), 2019.

The training brought together 35 participants invited from the Indo-Pacific region* and 69 trainees of the Core Human Resources Development Program provided by the ICSCoE under the IPA.**

* ASEAN member states (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Taiwan
** METI and the IPA established the ICSCoE under the IPA in April 2017 with the aim of fundamental reinforcement of Japan’s defense capability against cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructures or industrial base that support the national economy and society. The ICSCoE has been providing  one-year training (the Core Human Resources Development Program)to comprehensively learn OT (operational technology), IT (information technology), management and other business-related matters that will help social infrastructure and industrial base-related operators foster future personnel who can decide necessary security measures based on full understanding of risks in the systems of respective operators.
 

1. Background and purpose of the training

METI and the ICSCoE held Japan - US Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training, in collaboration with the US government, by experts of both countries, in Tokyo from September 9 (Mon.) to September 12 (Thur.), 2019.

The theme of the training was the security of control systems used in the field of critical infrastructure, such as electricity and gas. Well-experienced experts in relevant fields from Japan and the United States served as lecturers. This training brought together 69 trainees of the Core Human Resources Development Program provided by the ICSCoE and 35 participants from government agencies in charge of cybersecurity and from critical infrastructure operators, including electricity companies, of 14 countries and regions in the Indo-Pacific region.

Cybersecurity measures cannot be effective when implemented independently by a single country. All-out efforts covering the entirety of the supply chains are required. Therefore, Japan, as a country sharing supply chains with the Indo-Pacific region, held this training with the aim of enhancing the capacity to ensure cybersecurity of the region as a whole and reinforcing collaboration with respective countries. This is the second training targeting the Indo-Pacific region, following last September’s.

Under the vision of “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” METI and the ICSCoE will serve as the hub of the world’s top cybersecurity measures based on aggregated knowledge on OT and IT, and will continuously endeavor to enhance the cybersecurity capacity of the whole region in particular reinforcing measures for critical infrastructure. This is to be carried out while collaboration with the United States and countries and regions in the Indo-Pacific region, to develop high quality infrastructure and create free, fair and safe cyberspaces in this region.

2. Outline of the training

(1) Date

(2) Venues

(3) Greeting remarks (September 11)

(4) Lecturers from the United States

(5) Lecturers from Japan

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(6) Trainees

(7) Photos

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