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Supply Chain Cybersecurity Consortium (SC3) to be Inaugurated

October 30, 2020

On November 1 (Sun.), 2020, the Supply Chain Cybersecurity Consortium (SC3) will be inaugurated as a body aiming to encourage all industrial players to unite their efforts for promoting cybersecurity measures throughout supply chains. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will participate in SC3 as an observer.

1. Background to inaugurating SC3

As more and more cyberattacks targeting weaknesses of supply chains from large enterprises to SMEs are emerging and becoming more sophisticated, METI, on June 12, 2020, released a Report on the Recognition of Recent Circumstances Surrounding Industries in Relation to Cybersecurity and Directions of Future Efforts. This report presents three actions that companies should take: [i] close information sharing between entities sharing the same supply chains; [ii] submitting reports to METI in cases where a leakage of sensitive information on technologies is concerned; and [iii] announcement of cyberattack-related cases if these cases may influence many stakeholders.

Moreover, METI made a request to the Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity at its meeting held on June 30, 2020, to advance the three actions mentioned above and to hold discussions on inauguration of a consortium in which large enterprises and SMEs jointly encourage industrial players to advance their own efforts in order to promote the momentum for enhancement of cybersecurity.

2. Outline of SC3

In light of this situation, under the leadership of major economic associations, SC3 will be inaugurated on November 1, 2020, as a body aiming to bring together a variety of associations and other organizations in the industrial fields and encourage them to promote cybersecurity measures throughout supply chains.

A general meeting for celebrating the inauguration of SC3 is scheduled to be held on November 19, 2020.

SC3 will aim to hold discussions on efforts for enhancing cybersecurity measures throughout supply chains, including motivating SMEs whose establishment of frameworks for cybersecurity systems is insufficient.

Participating in SC3 as an observer, METI will support industrial players in advancing their efforts, fortify dialogues with them and lead the results to raising the momentum for promotion of cybersecurity measures.

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