Sasakawa USA released a report in English and Japanese on November 30 about its recent “tabletop exercise” in Tokyo, which simulated a major cyberattack during the 2019 World Rugby Cup to be hosted in Japan. “Operation Rugby Daemon” was unveiled at the 13th Annual U.S.-Japan Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum (CIP) in Washington, D.C., and offers insights into the state of preparedness of Japanese stakeholders in the face of a large scale cyberattack. At the U.S.-Japan CIP, which brings together government and private sector leaders from both sides for off-the-record discussions, audience members listened to exercise participants provide details about a series of simulated attacks on the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the players’ responses, and recommendations for future protocols and procedures that government and the private sector should implement immediately.
The tabletop exercise also highlighted the tremendous need for international collaboration to prepare for and respond to cyberattacks. The world is slowly shifting to recognize that cybersecurity is not just a technical issue, but a national security and policy issue. The tabletop exercise showcased the strength and importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance and the need for countries to work together to counter this risk.
Sasakawa USA sponsored the simulation as part of the Cyber3 Conference, a two-day event on cybersecurity jointly held with the Prime Minister’s Office, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and Keio University on the 5th International Cybersecurity Symposium held at Keio’s Mita campus on October 5-6.