The development of Information sciences and technologies, of artificial intelligence techniques as well as the extension of the Internet network to connected objects represent tremendous opportunities while making our societies more and more vulnerable to the risks inherent to the cyberspace. Cyber-attacks against government institutions, critical infrastructures, companies and individuals have considerably developed and become sophisticated in recent years. Cybersecurity now raises privacy, competitiveness and national sovereignty issues. Being able to anticipate, create trust, protect data and manage crises has therefore become essential. Furthermore international cooperation is fundamental to understand and master the risks associated with the cyberspace, as they are by nature global. France and Japan have launched a bilateral political dialogue in 2014 in order to join forces on this topic.
Based on this common interest, a French-Japanese collaboration has been initiated in 2015 jointly by the French Embassy in Japan, NICT (the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communication Technologies), Keio University, Inria (the French national institute for research in computer science and applied mathematics) and CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research). This initiative gave rise to seven French-Japanese technical working groups (see link) and to an annual Event dedicated to Cybersecurity, alternatively held in Japan and in France The 3rd Event of this series is organized in Tōkyō, on April 24-26th, 2017.
The two first days are devoted to the presentation of the cybersecurity strategy in Japan and in France, of current results of the collaboration, together with industrial sessions, plenary keynote speakers, and working group meetings welcoming academics and industrials contributions. The third day is dedicated to identifying new challenges on transversal topics: Olympics Games challenges, Security and Big Data, Certification from theoretical ground to industrial needs, Security of Industrial Control Systems.
This workshop that will bring together some 80 experts and stakeholders from both private and public sector, aims at mapping the current situation of French and Japanese knowledge and strengths in order to promote collaborations between the two countries.