September 2018 Monthly Seminar


Presentation: Innovation & Advanced R&D: A Priority in Japan’s Updated Cyber Security Strategy
Date/Time: Friday, September 28, 2018, 1800-2100
Location: The New Sanno Hotel, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Speaker: Dr. Ikuo Misumi, Deputy Director-General for Cybersecurity and Information Technology, METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) & Councillor, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC), Cabinet Secretariat

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Presentation Summary: Innovation & advanced R&D a priority in Japan’s cybersecurity strategy

On July 27th, the National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, (NISC) released a new cybersecurity strategy.
Section 4.4.2 of the strategy (Advancement of Research and Development) outlines the need for R&D and innovation in cybersecurity and countering threats of cyberattack.

Long term growth of industry and international competitiveness are critically dependent on innovation in cyberspace as nearly all aspects of business are impacted by the cyber realm. Innovative new products and services are expected to be created through the combination of various information and communication technologies such as AI & IoT.

Dr. Misumi will discuss how the government is focusing on promoting innovation in the following areas: generating trust and certification technologies, ensuring traceability in supply chains, detecting and defense against attacks in the former two areas, detecting malicious hardware and software built into devices, and ensuring the authenticity, availability, and confidentiality of data.

In addition, Dr. Misumi will discuss the preparations for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics, and the provisional plans for the establishment of the new Cyber Security Incident Response Coordination Center (CSIRT).

Speaker Biography: Starting as an officer at the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI; currently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI), Dr. Misumi has long served in the Government of Japan, especially in the fields of security export control and cybersecurity policy. Most recently, he has served in the NISC since 2012 and was in charge of a number of important tasks, including the thorough revision of the “Management Standards for Information Security Measures for the Central Government Computer Systems,” the establishment of the Basic Act on Cybersecurity of 2014 and its amendment in 2016, and the formation of the Cybersecurity Strategy (2015).

Currently, he serves as Deputy Director-General and oversees the entire staff and operations of the NISC. Prior to joining the NISC, he was the Director of Security Export License in METI (2009-2012). In this position, he contributed to making Japan’s export control systems more effective and efficient by developing innovative approaches, such as reengineering the licensing processes and introducing an examination system with advanced DBs and achieved the reformation of these systems.

He received his master’s degree in 1987 and Ph.D. in Engineering (Precision Machinery Engineering) in 2004 from the University of Tokyo. Also he has a master’s degree in Management awarded from the Claremont Graduate School (CA, USA) in 1995.


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