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Cybersecurity in the 21st Century: Outlook for Japan & the U.S.


In recent years, cybersecurity risks have become more significant, as confidential information is increasingly stored in electronic form. Are we seeing an increase in activity surrounding cybercrime due to COVID-19? What measures are Japan and the United States taking to boost cybersecurity? Below are some key takeaways from the webinar with cybersecurity experts from Japan and the United States.

Remote work on account of the COVID-19 pandemic increases risk of cyberattacks.

Gregory A. Brower, Shareholder of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and former Assistant Director for the Office of Congressional Affairs at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, revealed that the widespread shift to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought an increase of cybersecurity risks. While today’s cybersecurity landscape remains the same as pre-COVID-19, the transition to remote work has led to employees heavily relying on technology and using their own personal devices for work purposes, introducing new potential vulnerabilities.

Motohiro Tsuchiya, Professor of Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University, observes a similar situation in Japan, as the sudden shift to working from home is raising cyber risks.

Japan and the United States are addressing cybersecurity in different ways.

Tsuchiya said that the Japanese government is currently testing citizens’ IoT devices to see how safe they are from cyberattacks. If they identify vulnerable IoT devices, the government will notify the users about their vulnerabilities. Furthermore, he added that Japan doesn’t have a national security agency, and certain government agencies are dealing with cybersecurity. Japan’s Self-Defense Force has a cyber defense unit, consisting of 220 members. The unit is small compared to the United States, China and other countries, and Japan has plans to strengthen its cyber defense capabilities in the near future.

Michael Daniel, President & CEO of Cyber Threat Alliance and former Special Assistant to President Obama and Cybersecurity Coordinator at the National Security Council, highlighted that the global environment will always be complex, and laws and policies will differ by nation. One of the big differences between Japan and the U.S. is that Japan retains a higher trust in institutions (both the government and companies) than the U.S. He stated that corporations are more trusted than the government in the U.S. He further explained that the IoT program introduced by the Japanese government could not be implemented in the U.S. due to the citizens’ lack of trust in government.

Brower added that corporations and businesses of all types have a twofold responsibility for cybersecurity and privacy issues. The first responsibility is their duty to securely store customer credit card details and other private information. The second responsibility is for organizations to comply with applicable laws and regulations. In other words, organizations must meet the demands of the customers, as well as increasing government scrutiny and regulations.

Cyber threats defy national borders. Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility.

The speakers agreed that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Daniel emphasized that cybersecurity cannot be managed by one entity or individual. It’s important to figure out how to share the responsibility from a global standpoint, and how to allocate those responsibilities to the government, businesses and individuals. Daniel stressed that the allocation of responsibilities will differ by country, as it is driven by geopolitics and culture.

The need for international cyber governance is evident but challenging.

Lastly, the topic of having a better governance system over cyberspace was explored. There are currently two competing groups on cyberspace at the United Nations. The Group of Government Experts (GGE), with representatives from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and other countries, was established to identify norms of responsible state behavior in their cyber activities. This group is more open and generally of the stance of less government involvement. The other group, called the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), spearheaded by China and Russia, favors increased government control. This applies to not just the Internet but also online content. Daniel suggested that there will be friction between these two groups, and this is an inevitable path for the future.

Watch the recorded discussion here.

Tuesday, September 15, 9—10:15 AM EDT

From Capital One’s massive data breach to the latest hack on Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint losing $32 million, recent headlines are increasingly featuring cyberattacks and security threats of large magnitudes. As cyber threats increase in number, scope and sophistication across the globe, it is imperative for government and companies to be proactive in building cyber resilience. What significant measures are Japan and the United States taking to boost cybersecurity? What is needed to effectively deal with the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats? In this program, cybersecurity experts discuss the cybersecurity landscape in Japan and the United States, the policies and regulations, and the approaches to tackling cybersecurity challenges.


Gregory A. Brower, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; former Assistant Director, Office of Congressional Affairs, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michael Daniel, President & CEO, Cyber Threat Alliance; former Special Assistant to President Obama & Cybersecurity Coordinator, National Security Council
Motohiro Tsuchiya, Dean, Faculty of Policy Management & Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Harumi Urata-Thompson, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, HUT Consulting


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