In the wake of recent statements made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States Secretary of State John Kerry about the importance of cybersecurity – the protection of secure computer systems and networks from malicious and intentional attacks – Japan and the United States started the first bilateral talks on issues relating to cyberspace on Thursday. Both countries have agreed on the notion that cyberattacks pose a real threat to national security, and look to discuss countermeasures and international rule-making regarding the realm of the Internet.
This two-day meeting also comes just a few days after the U.S. Defense Department reported to Congress, blaming the Chinese military for numerous cyberattacks on computer systems and networks owned by the U.S. government. After the two-day dialogue, both sides will make a joint statement regarding the progress of their talks. The two countries are expected to confirm their commitment to guarding against cyberthreats and holding similar meetings on a regular basis. “Enabling cyberspace to be used in a safe and stable manner is deeply related to both security and the economy, and it is a new and urgent challenge faced by international society, including Japan and the United States,” said Osamu Imai, Japanese ambassador in charge of cyberpolicy, at the beginning of the dialogue. “In this first dialogue, we hope to have a practical discussion to form the foundation for strengthening bilateral cooperation in such areas as the recognition of cyberthreats and how to cope with cyber issues,” he added.
From the U.S. side, Christopher Painter, coordinator for cyber issues at the U.S. State Department, agreed on the nature of the threats of cyberattacks, and that in the face of such threat, it is important for the two allies to form a partnership in this area. The two-day dialogue included officials from Japan’s Defense Ministry and the National Information Security Center, and the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security on the U.S. side.
[via Global Post]