A shared cyber vision for UK and Japan

May 17, 2018

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just two years away, the Japanese government are making every effort to ensure a tightened cybersecurity infrastructure in response to an increase in cyber related attacks. Despite vast experience dealing with natural disasters of seismic proportions, the country remains relatively undeveloped and therefore vulnerable to the exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.

In 2015, the potential damage posed by digital threats took a turning point in Japan when the National Pension Fund was hacked, leading to the leakage of information of 1.25 million people. This in addition to earlier breaches on Sony’s Playstation Network (2011) and at Benesse Corporation (2014) created a new dialogue, with the Abe administration setting an ambitious target to train 50,000 workers in cybersecurity before the Olympic deadline. This number would still fall short of the 100,000 IT security professionals necessary as stated by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

A shared cyber vision for UK and Japan
In March this year, the UK and Japan held their fourth bilateral cyberspace dialogue in London, discussing further collaborations and capacity building in South East Asia. The ASEAN region is a lucrative market for tech investment as it sees a steep increase in internet users, growing by 3.8 million every month, and this will certainly feature in the Abe administration’s investment plans for growth as a cyber savvy nation. Whereas there are opportunities for Japan to learn from UK expertise in cybersecurity, the sovereign country has far less experience is working with the ASEAN region compared to Japan, who has been active both on technological and policy fronts. This paves new possibilities for collaborations between the two nations if they can find a way to harness each others strengths, creating a competitive, export-focused cybersecurity realm as a means to propel forward the nations' economies.

There is an annual global growth rate of 20% in cybersecurity related fields, with notable pushes in e-Commerce, e-Finance, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Defence and Security, Critical Infrastructure Protections, and Cyber Education/Training. Japanese economists would like to see venture capital directed toward these fields to invest in the promotion of safely kept information.

サイバーセキュリティ― 2020年に向けて

2015年には日本年金機構がハッキングされ、125万人の個人情報が漏洩した事件が。2011年にはソニーのPlayStation Network が、2014年にはベネッセがそれぞれ攻撃され、多大な損害を受けました。その後、安倍政権はオリンピックまでにサイバーセキュリティ―にかかわる専門家を5万人育成する目標を設定。主要インフラの保護に努める姿勢をとりました。


E2J (Export to Japan)によると、電子取引、電子金融、高度道路交通システム、防衛およびセキュリティー、重要インフラの保護、そしてサイバー教育や人材育成の分野に、年間20%の成長率が観測され、経済界からはハイリターンを狙ったベンチャーキャピタル投資をサイバーセキュリティーの強化案として行うべきだという声も上がっています。



To learn more about growing cybersecurity opportunities, please visit Export to Japan.

Written by Mia Muchnick