March 15, 2021
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 (Department of Homeland Security/ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS/CISA), Department of State (DOS) and Department of Energy (DOE)), hosted Japan - US Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Week (March 8-12, 2021, Online). As an integral part of the ICS Cybersecurity Week, Japan, the U.S., and the European Union have for the first time launched the JP-US-EU Seminars on Cybersecurity in the post-COVID environment.
The training brought together 40 participants invited from the Indo-Pacific region* and trainees of the Core Human Resources Development Program provided by the ICSCoE under the IPA.**
* ASEAN member states, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Taiwan
1. Outline of the training
METI and the ICSCoE hosted Japan - US Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Week in collaboration with the US government (DHS/CISA, DOS and DOE) from March 8 to 12, 2021 (Online). As an integral part of the ICS Cybersecurity Week, Japan, the U.S., and the EU have for the first time launched the JP-US-EU Seminars on Cybersecurity in the post-COVID environment.
Cybersecurity measures are ineffective when implemented independently by a single organization or a single country. All-out efforts covering the entirety of supply chains are required. Therefore, Japan, as a country sharing supply chains with the Indo-Pacific region, launched this annual ICS cybersecurity exercise in 2018 with the aim of enhancing the capacity to ensure cybersecurity for the region as a whole and reinforcing collaboration with respective countries.
This was the third annual ICS cybersecurity exercise arranged for participants from the Indo-Pacific region (OT/IT cybersecurity experts from critical infrastructure operators, cybersecurity experts from national CSIRTs, and policy experts from relevant ministries/authorities). In addition, ICSCoE trainees, who have been taking a year-long industrial cybersecurity training ‘Core Human Resource Development Program’, also attended this exercise.
The one week program provided the participants with unique and valuable opportunities to conduct hands-on training remotely, to study a variety of cybersecurity related topics including energy sector-specific issues from various experts from Japan, the U.S. and the EU, and to share respective experiences and views with other participants.
The program also contributed to establishing a common understanding on ICS cybersecurity and strengthening relationships between the Indo-Pacific region and Japan, the U.S. and the EU that would become a foundation for further international cooperation to jointly address the growing cybersecurity threats.
Under the vision of a “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 with the collaboration of the U.S., the EU 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. Training program
Video messages from Japan, the U.S. and the EU in Opening Remarks session
Mr. NAGASAKA Yasumasa
State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Mr. Brandon WALES,
Acting Director of Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure security Agency
Dr. Khalil ROUHANA
Deputy Director General
Directorate-General for Communications Networks,
Content and Technology, European Commission
Mr. Joseph YOUNG
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
Division in Charge
Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau,