U.S. and Japanese officials plan to hold senior-level cybersecurity talks next week in Washington, DC, according to the State Department.
The United States will host the next U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue at the director-general level on April 10. State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter and Ambassador Jun Shimmi, deputy director-general of Japan's foreign policy bureau, will lead the talks, a State Department spokesman told Inside Cybersecurity.
The two countries held the first U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue in Tokyo in May 2013. At the time, they issued a joint statement describing the dialogue as a "consultation for exchanging cyber threat information, aligning international cyber policies, comparing national cyber strategies, cooperating on planning and efforts to protect critical infrastructure, and discussing the cooperation on cyber areas in national defense and security policy."
The statement said the May 2013 talks "identified actions governments and private sector entities can take to secure critical infrastructure." Pressed this week to elaborate, the State Department spokesman said the discussions between the U.S. and Japan on critical infrastructure cybersecurity have been focused on "the sharing of best practices, reviewing each other's domestic efforts, and considering strengthened bilateral and international cooperation."
In 2012, the countries announced plans to develop a bilateral cybersecurity framework to deepen "whole-of-government" cooperation. Asked about the status of that effort, the spokesman said this week, "Strengthened whole-of-government cooperation is a core objective of the dialogue and has been the framework for our engagement."
Last month, U.S. and Japanese officials discussed cybersecurity in a joint statement issued in conjunction with a meeting on the Dialogue on the Internet Economy. Participants "welcomed the progress in sharing network operations data relevant to cybersecurity technology development" between the Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats (PREDICT) project implemented by the Department of Homeland Security and the Proactive Response Against Cyber-attacks Through International Collaborative Exchange (PRACTICE) project implemented by Japan's internal affairs and communications ministry, the statement said.
"They agreed to continue such data sharing," the statement continued. "In addition, participants exchanged opinions on enhancing the security of cloud computing services and acknowledged the importance of creating guidelines for advancing security in use and provision of cloud computing services in cooperation with the private sector."