U.S. Embassy Tokyo co-organized Panel Discussion:

Cybersecurity Measures in an IoT/ IIoT Environment

 -  Moving towards a Culture of Government and Industry Accountability -


With Ms. Melissa Hathaway, Senior advisor, Harvard University’s Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Date/time:            Tuesday, October 3, 2017              14.30h – 16.00h (doors open 14.00h)

Venue:                   Tama University, Shinagawa campus                       

(5F Shinagawa Intercity Front Bldg., 2-14-14 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075)

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Ms. Melissa Hathaway, Senior advisor, Harvard University’s Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Mr. Motoki Nishio, Manager, Exponential Digital, Visiting Researcher at Rule Making Strategy Research Center, Tama University

Analyst for International Cybersecurity Movements at Young Leaders, Pacific Forum CSIS

Ms. Emily J. Hicks, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Moderator:         Mr. Akira Igata, Visiting Professor at Rule Making Strategy Research Center, Tama University

Senior Policy Analyst at Deloitte Exponential, Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum, CSIS

Languages:           English, Japanese (simultaneous interpretation will be available)

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In 2017, the worldwide spend for ICT is projected to reach at least $3.5 trillion. This is largely being driven by the explosion of internet connected devices, commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and includes household appliances, medical devices, etc. The number of Internet connected devices out-numbered the human population as early as 2008 and the number of devices is expected to reach at least 30 billion by the year 2020 and generate at least $8 trillion in revenue.

Yet, the threats to these networked devices are on the rise because over the last 25 years we have become accustomed to rapid innovation cycles whereby companies are incentivized to be first to market with their product and the marketplace has accepted their promise that they will fix or “patch” the flaws in their products later. Today, data breaches, criminal activity, service disruptions, and property destruction have become commonplace.

Furthermore, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cyberattacks targeted to important infrastructure sectors, such as nuclear power plants, hospitals, financial systems, water treatment facilities, transport systems and government agencies. These threats have a potential of affecting the livelihood of millions of people and it is now become increasingly important to assess these environments for potential cyber security risks.

Please join us in this panel discussion that will bring together Japanese and US experts in the field of cybersecurity. We will talk over on how to realize economic opportunities whilst safeguarding the security of its market. What will be needed to protect critical infrastructures from external threats? Will reinforcing government and industry cooperation help in curtailing these threats? How important is it to move to a culture of accountability for companies and government? These are some of the questions the panelists will discuss in what will be an interesting exchange of opinions. We look forward to your participation.

•            This program is co-organized with the Center for Rule-making Strategies at Tama University.

Panelist bios:

Ms. Melissa Hathaway

Melissa Hathaway, former acting senior director for Cyberspace at the National Security Council, is now a senior advisor with Harvard University’s Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Project Minerva.  Project Minerva is a cyber-security effort among the Department of Defense, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University.  Hathaway worked on cyber security for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama before leaving to establish Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC.  Prior to this, Hathaway served as cyber coordination executive and director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Mr. Motoki Nishio

Manager, Exponential Digital

Visiting Researcher at Rule Making Strategy Research Center, Tama University (Seminar on Standards for International Cybersecurity)

Analyst for International Cybersecurity Movements at Young Leaders, Pacific Forum CSIS

Motoki started learning web programming and cybersecurity techniques at a very young age, participating in cybersecurity drills held with other white hats around the world. After initially setting up two venture IT companies, he later served at FFRI as a security researcher to earn the basic knowledge on cyberattack methods and counter defense mechanisms, analyzing threats that originated from Android Apps to military satellites. During his appearance at the CODE BLUE 2015 conference, as the youngest speaker to participate, he spoke on the “iOS malware trends and malware detections through external gadgets”. He served as assistant to the Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo! JAPAN, engaging in the development of countermeasures to battle cyberattacks on their services and educating white hacks within the company, also giving technical assistance to capital funds. From November 2016, he is part of the Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting team, and has been appointed as a visiting researcher at the Rule Making Strategy Research Center at Tama University, taking on the research for standardizing international cybersecurity methods. From 2017, as a Young Leader, he is an analyst for international cybersecurity movements at Pacific Forum CSIS.

Ms. Emily J. Hicks

Economic Officer

Embassy of the United States of America

Emily J. Hicks is the Deputy Unit Chief for Environment, Science, Technology, and Health in the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.  In this position, she focuses on bilateral cooperation in science and technology, as well as cyber security, the digital economy, and privacy.  Emily coordinates U.S. Mission Japan's interagency cyber working group, and she manages U.S. Embassy contributions to the U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue and U.S.-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue.

 Emily has a particular interest in science, technology, and innovation cooperation as an cornerstone of international diplomacy.  Her previous assignments with the Department of State include Colombo, Sri Lanka; Warsaw, Poland; Washington, DC; and the Japanese language field school in Yokohama.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Emily coordinated United Nations World Food Programme support to the development sector in Laos and consulted for the World Bank and others in the area of natural resource economics in Kenya and South/Southeast Asia. 

Emily holds an AB from Princeton University, with a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  She also completed a Masters of Environmental Science at Yale University.  Emily is a native of Texas.

Moderator bio: Mr. Akira Igata

Mr. Igata is currently a Visiting Professor at Rule Making Strategy Research Center, Tama University. He is also a Senior Policy Analyst at Deloitte Exponential and an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum, CSIS.

He received his undergraduate training at Georgetown University (one-year exchange program, Heiwa Nakajima Foundation scholar) and International Christian University (Chris-Wada scholar). He subsequently received his MA in political science from Columbia University (Japanese government fellowship scholar). He was awarded the Aoi Global Research Award to study at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University in 2016. He was a recipient of the security studies fellowship from the Research Institute for Peace and Security (2010-2012) and has been involved in several projects by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation. He notably contributed, as a researcher, to The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality (Routledge, 2014) and co-authored a chapter with Michael J. Green entitled, “The Gulf War and Japan’s National Security Identity” in Barak Kushner Eds. Examining Japan’s Lost Decades (Routledge, 2015). His research expertise includes: Japanese security and economic policies; Japan-U.S. alliance; and International Politics in East Asia.