CISSM holds cybersecurity seminars for Japanese officials ahead of 2020 Olympics

November 14, 2016

The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), together with the Maryland Global Initiative on Cybersecurity (MaGIC), held several cybersecurity seminars for senior Japanese government officials in Tokyo on November 7 and 8 to help them develop effective strategies against cyber threats at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

CISSM Interim Director Nancy Gallagher, Senior Fellow Daniel Ennis, and Research Scholar Charles Harry spoke at two seminars attended by 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.

Drawing on their experiences working on cybersecurity in the government, industry, and academia, Gallagher, Ennis, and Harry 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. The Cabinet Secretariat’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity hosted the seminars.

While in Japan, the CISSM team also gave presentations for members of the Japanese Diet and for the Olympics Committee.  A group from CISSM will return to Tokyo in February to hold a three-day workshop for government officials about 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, such as electrical power and credit card payment systems.