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.
The Trilateral Cyber Security Commission was convened and is supported by Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. The Commission has brought together prominent officials and leaders from government, business, and universities to make recommendations for coordinated policies and actions that will benefit the United States, Japan, and like-minded European countries.
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: Trilateral Cyber Security Commission
The Trilateral Cyber Security Commission was formed to make recommendations to the governments of the United States, Japan, and like-minded European countries individually and collectively to improve the security of their information networks. Some of the most critical challenges to all these countries are the economic and security risks of future 5G networks. These rapidly developing networks will become a new and dominant form of critical infrastructure.
Author: William "Bud" Roth
Recent moves by Five Eyes countries to ban Huawei equipment from future 5G networks has become a major point of contention in the growing trade war between China and the United States.
Start-ups and their entrepreneurial leadership cannot hold off on cybersecurity: Governments can and should help
Author: Megan Stifel, Cybersecurity Policy Director, Public Knowledge
In December 2017, Sasakawa USA partnered with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to take a cohort of seven rising U.S. cybersecurity experts and technology entrepreneurs for a week-long study trip to Japan. Here, cohort member Megan Stifel, Cybersecurity Policy Director, Public Knowledge, writes about the challenges governments and entrepreneurs face when addressing cybersecurity.
On November 29, Bud Roth, Non-Resident Fellow for Cybersecurity at Sasakawa USA, and Craig Stevenson, CEO of HyperQube, announced the winners of the Capture-the-Flag contest sponsored by Sasakawa USA for students of schools affiliated with Keio University’s International Cyber Security Center of Excellence. On stage at INCS-CoE’s Seventh Biannual Cyber Security Conference, Roth and Stevenson ran through the competition and how its participants fared.
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.