November 6, 2020
The 13th ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Policy Meeting (hereinafter “Policy Meeting”) was held online on October 20, 2020.
The Policy Meeting has been held annually since 2009, with the purpose of enhancing international collaboration on cybersecurity among the ASEAN member states (hereinafter “AMS”) and Japan (*1).
This year, AMS and Japan exchanged views regarding the cybersecurity policies over the past year in the meeting, with particular reference to initiatives by each country under the circumstances of the spread of COVID-19. In addition, AMS and Japan confirmed and evaluated collaborative activities (hereinafter “CAs”) including cyber exercises, joint awareness raising, capacity building and mutual notification for incidents.
AMS and Japan confirmed progress of CAs in this Policy Meeting and also agreed to a new CA for promoting joint industry-government-academia collaboration to enhance cyber security throughout the ASEAN region.
*1 AMS: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
１. Date and Time
October 20, (Tue) 2020, Online Meeting
Cabinet Secretariat (National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Japan (Mr. Hayashi Ryozo, Director of Musashino Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA) at Musashino University)
Cambodia (Mr. Sinawong Sang, Undersecretary of State, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications).
Dr. Shinoda Yoichi (Cybersecurity Advisor to National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity)
Bureau Directors/Assistant Vice-Ministers of Cybersecurity-related Government Ministries and Telecommunications-related Government Agencies of ASEAN Member States (refer to the Appendix), ASEAN Secretariat, Deputy Director-Generals of Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat/Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
２. Main achievements
In addition to confirming the current implementation status of the 9 CAs agreed upon at the 12th Policy Meeting held in Bangkok in October last year (Cyber Exercises, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, Awareness Raising, Capacity Building, Mutual Notification for Incidents, Online Community, Reference (Handbook), Cybersecurity Metrics and Working Group Steering), participants also discussed collaboration and cooperation among AMS and Japan going forward. The main contents are below.
1．Enhancing the Information Sharing Framework and the Incident Handling Skills.
Outcomes of the Remote Cyber Exercise and the Table Top Exercise were reported, which aimed to confirm the information sharing framework and the incident handling procedures of international coordination. The Remote Cyber Exercise was conducted with the highest number of participants from AMS and Japan in June 2020. It was ascertained that the perception of importance towards cyber exercises is steadily increasing in each country.
Furthermore, this year’s outcomes of mutual notification for incidents was reported, and AMS and Japan agreed to extend the efforts on mutual notification by one year to 2021. Also, outcomes of efforts aiming to improve cybersecurity in each country based on evaluation index on cyberspace was reported.
2．Promoting Cooperation for Capacity Building and Awareness Raising
The current status was reported regarding the progress of capacity building (human resource development) in the field of cybersecurity and awareness raising. As part of these CAs, it was confirmed that some training programs run through the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) would be replaced by online programs and that AMS and Japan would promote the information sharing and discussions by utilizing a new online communication platform.
It was also reported that hands-on training regarding ICS (Industrial Control System) and workshop for Indo-Pacific Region called “JP-US ICS Cybersecurity Week” are under preparation to be held online.
3．Promoting Joint Industry-Government-Academia collaborative activity.
AMS and Japan agreed to a new CA “Joint Industry-Government-Academia” in line with the understanding that Joint Industry-Government-Academia is indispensable aiming to enhance cybersecurity throughout the entire ASEAN region, in order to share examples of Joint Industry-Government-Academia and to consider more effective international collaboration throughout the ASEAN region,
３ Upcoming Schedule
The 14th Policy Conference is scheduled to be held next year in Laos.
Division in Charge
Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau