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Call for Public Comments to Start on Draft Report Compiled by the Study Group on Security Assessment of Cloud Services

December 11, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) launched a Study Group on Security Assessment of Cloud Services to encourage both the public and private sectors to introduce cloud services into their systems in a more safe and secure manner and continue to use them. Since then, the study group has been holding discussions on necessary approaches to assessing cloud services to see if such services satisfy certain requirements for security appropriate enough to be introduced to the government and it compiled the discussion results into a draft report. METI and MIC hereby announce that they will open a call for public comments on this draft report from December 12 (Thur.) to 26 (Thur.), 2019.

1. Background and purpose

In light of the Future Strategy 2018, which was approved by the Cabinet on June 15, 2018, METI and MIC launched a Study Group on Security Assessment of Cloud Services in August 2018, and since then, the study group has been holding discussions on approaches to assessing the security of cloud services.

In its meetings, the study group brought together experts with rich knowledge on information security and data utilization and held discussions on necessary approaches to assessing cloud services to see if such services satisfy certain requirements for security appropriate enough to be introduced to the government, in parallel with referring to a variety of the existing guidelines on cloud services, domestic and overseas certification systems, audit systems and other case examples.

Based on the results of a call for public comments on its draft interim report, conducted from March to April 2019, the study group compiled its discussion results into a draft report. In response, METI and MIC will open a call for public comments on the draft report from December 12 (Thur.) to 26 (Thur.), 2019, in order to have opinions from a wide variety of people.

This call targets public comments on the specifics of a system framework for such assessment. In addition to this, the ministries have still been discussing a variety of criteria to be adopted in such a system and will provide another occasion for calling for public comments on such criteria.

2. Document subject to the call

Draft Report Compiled by the Study Group on Safety Assessment of Cloud Services (Appendix 1)

3. Details of the call

For more information on how to submit your comments and other procedures, see the submission guidance on the call (Appendix 2).

4. Period of the call

From December 12 (Thur.) to 26 (Thur.), 2019*
*Note: Comments will be accepted until 12:00 a.m. (local time) on December 27 (Fri.), 2019.

5. Reference

Excerpts of the Future Strategy 2018 (approved by the Cabinet on June 15, 2018)

II. Developing infrastructures toward economic structural innovations
[1] Developing common infrastructures in a data-driven society
1. Encouraging investment in base systems and technologies
(3) Specific measures that Japan should additionally take
(ii) Securing cybersecurity
(omitted)

Excerpts of the Growth Strategy Follow-ups (approved by the Cabinet on June 21, 2019)

I. Realizing Society 5.0
5. Smart public services
(2) Specific measures that Japan should additionally take
(ii) Promoting digital transformation (DX) in administrative organizations
B. Further utilizing advanced technologies in administrative organizations of the government

Appendices

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI

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