In an overwhelmingly digital era, the wrongdoing of cybercriminals and even malicious acts of nation states threaten the safety and well being of people everywhere. A strong cybersecurity capability has become a vital element of national security.
The United States and Japan, two of world’s largest, most advanced economies, are frequent targets of hackers from around the world. Every day brings news of a new cyber attack against a government agency or company somewhere in America or Japan by a hostile country or organization. From the hack of Sony Pictures to recent Wikileaks disclosures of confidential emails from the 2016 presidential campaign, both the U.S. and Japan have seen how cyberattacks not only have frequency, but also impact.
A successful cyberattack can disrupt the activities, careers, and operations of those affected. And, while both countries are bolstering their defenses, both still have much to do to fend off adversaries in the cyber domain. Sasakawa USA’s cybersecurity program aims to find ways in which the U.S. and Japan can collaborate to train the cybersecurity workforce, enhance network protection, and ultimately improve both countries’ responses to evolving threats.
Since 2015, Sasakawa USA has been working to strengthen the U.S.-Japan partnership in the important emerging field of cybersecurity, with the goal of finding better ways for the two allies to cooperate in preserving the advantages that information technology gives us while making our networks more secure.
Sasakawa USA’s program on Smart Grids and Cybersecurity addresses issues including cybersecurity threats, modernizing electric grids to integrate conventional and renewable sources of electricity, expanding use of energy storage and distributed generation, and responding seamlessly to disruptions.
Author: Linton Wells II
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.
Cybersecurity and smart grids: report on the Twelfth U.S.-Japan Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum
This report compiles the results of the second day of the Twelfth U.S.-Japan Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum. The event brought together experts from the private power and cybersecurity industries, consultants, researchers, and government regulators from both the United States and Japan to discuss cybersecurity threats to smart grids and opportunities for bilateral cooperation in addressing those threats.
Author: Dennis Blair, Bud Roth
Categories: In the News
The WannaCry ransomware attacks remind us that malicious malware crosses borders without pause and has the potential to cause serious harm to friend and foe alike. The U.S and Japan need to take steps beyond information exchange and develop a list of actionable items for collaborating on reducing vulnerabilities and responding to incidents.
William H. Sato, a special advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Japan government, wrote about ways to prepare for cyber attacks in a November 27 column published in the World Economic Forum. Sato outlined the activities and findings of a recent tabletop exercise (or TTX) sponsored by Sasakawa USA.
U.S. policymakers are moving too slowly in dealing with the dynamic threat from cyberspace, Sasakawa USA’s Adm. Dennis Blair said October 31 at an event rolling out the publication of “Into the Gray Zone: The Private Sector and Active Defense against Cyber Threats.”