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"JP-US-EU Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Week for the Indo-Pacific Region" Held

October 16, 2023

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Industrial Cyber Security Center of Excellence (ICSCoE) under the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA*), in collaboration with the government of the United States (Department of Homeland Security/ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS/CISA) and Department of State (DOS)) and the European Commission (Directorate-General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT)), hosted the first in-person JP-US-EU Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Week (October 9-13, 2023) in Tokyo in four years.
The hands-on training brought together 35 government and industry practitioners invited from the Indo-Pacific region** who participated in the exercise.

** invited countries/regions: ASEAN member states, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Taiwan

1. Outline of the event

METI and the ICSCoE hosted the JP-US-EU Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Week in collaboration with the US government (DHS/CISA, DOS) as well as the European Commission (DG CONNECT) from October 9 to 13, 2023. The event was held in-person for the first time since 2019.

Cybersecurity measures are more effective when implemented jointly by several organizations or a number of countries. To combat the growing threats stemming from increased digitization and interconnectedness, the geopolitical importance of cybersecurity and cooperation among like-minded countries is indispensable. The Cyber Security Week was first launched in 2018 by Japan in collaboration with the U.S. with the aims of enhancing cybersecurity capacity within the Indo-Pacific region and reinforcing collaboration with respective countries. Recognizing its value, the European Union (EU) officially joined this annual ICS cybersecurity exercise from 2021.

The ICS Cyber Security Week hosted participants from the Indo-Pacific region who are information and operational cybersecurity experts from critical infrastructure operators, cybersecurity experts from national Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), and policy experts from relevant ministries and authorities.

The one-week program provided participants with unique and valuable opportunities to participate in hands-on training featuring AI, hacked robotic arms, and a simulated tampering with a water-level regulation system in an industrial plant, as well as cybersecurity-related seminars taught by experts from Japan, the U.S. and the EU on four topics: awareness of issues and initiatives by government officials in each region; standardization; incident response; and supply chain risk management. Through this event, participants were able to acquire knowledge, enhance their thinking on cybersecurity policy and tangibly improve their cybersecurity capabilities.

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, which will become a foundation for further international cooperation in jointly addressing growing cybersecurity threats. Under the vision of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” METI and the ICSCoE will continuously endeavor to enhance the cybersecurity capacity of the whole region, in particular by reinforcing measures for critical infrastructure. 

2. Training program

Opening remarks from Japan, the U.S. and the EU

Mr. YOSHIDA Nobuhiro
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Key note speech

Adviser/Professor, Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan / Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Hands-on Training

In the hands-on training exercise, a simulation of a water-level control system used in industrial plants, etc., and AI-based robotic arms were tampered with for demonstration.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation And Design (INIAD),
Toyo University (Lecturer, ICSCoE IPA)
Participants from Indo-Pacific Region

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Division in Charge

Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau