CISSM holds cybersecurity seminars for Japanese officials ahead of 2020 Olympics

February 13, 2017

The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), together with the Maryland Global Initiative on Cybersecurity (MaGIC) and the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise (CPPPE), visited Tokyo in November 2016 and February 2017 to help senior Japanese government officials develop effective strategies against cyber threats at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

A CISSM team including Director Nancy Gallagher, Senior Fellow Daniel Ennis, and Associate Research Professor Charles Harry held two seminars on November 7 and 8. Another CISSM group including Gallagher and Senior Fellow David Mussington held a three-day workshop from February 8. 

Drawing on their experiences working on cybersecurity in the government, industry and academia, CISSM scholars underscored the importance of approaching the issue not just as a technical matter, but also as a policy problem that requires a strategic approach. Emphasis was placed on the need for the government, private sector and civil society to work together to set priorities, assign responsibilities, and exercise capabilities needed for effective prevention and consequence mitigation. 

In the November 2016 seminars, the CISSM team spoke to more than 40 officials from central government ministries in charge of security during the Olympics, including Tamayo Marukawa, Minister of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.They also gave presentations for members of the Japanese Diet and for the Olympic Committee during its November visit.

Gallagher, Mussington, Trevor Tart and Graduate Fellow Naoko Aoki spoke at the February workshop, which was attended by more than 35 Japanese government officials. The workshop focused on how to assess risks, set priorities, and make plans to enhance cybersecurity in different sectors that are of importance to everyday life in Japan and to hosting the 2020 Olympics. It included a presentation on the Cyber Disruption Index and Framework, developed by Harry and Gallagher to assist businesses, organizations and governments better prepare for and respond to various types of cyber events. The Japanese officials also participated in a hands-on exercise that simulated a multi-stakeholder effort to assess risks and set priorities, using the Japanese electrical power system as an example.

The Cabinet Secretariat’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity hosted the seminars and workshop for government officials.

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