Early this month, the EU, Japan, and the US recently conducted a joint cybersecurity training program as part of a series of dialogues on digital policies held last February 2021. The dialogues led to an agreement to strengthen the countries’ partnership on issues like platform regulation and industrial research.
The training program was developed over the past year as the first digital output of the EU-Japan Connectivity Partnership, which aims to establish a connectivity partnership based on sustainability as a shared value, quality infrastructure, and belief in the benefits of a level playing field. It was also part of the Japan-US Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Week, tackling the security of devices, systems, networks, and controls used in industrial processes.
Under the Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA) and in partnership with the US government, Japan’s Ministry of Economic, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the Industrial Cyber Security Center of Excellence (ICSCoE) hosted the ICS Cybersecurity Week online from March 8 to 12, 2021.
Japan launched the annual ICS cybersecurity exercise in 2018 to develop the capacity to ensure cybersecurity for the Indo-Pacific region and strengthen partnerships with respective countries.
2021’s cybersecurity exercise was attended by OT/IT cybersecurity experts from critical infrastructure operators, cybersecurity experts from national CSIRTs, and relevant policy experts. ICSCoE trainees, who have taken a year-long industrial training under Core Human Resource Development Program, also attended the event.
The week-long program gave participants the chance to conduct hands-on training remotely and study a wide range of cybersecurity-related topics with the guidance of various experts from Japan, the US, and the EU. The participants were also able to share their experiences and views.
Programs such as the ICS Cybersecurity Week help establish a common understanding of ICS cybersecurity. It also helps form partnerships that will implement cybersecurity measures, protecting supply chains across the globe.
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Author: Ericka Pingol