Mihoko Matsubara talked about Japan’s cybersecurity efforts in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and what they mean for the rest of the world. Since the September 2013 selection of Tokyo as host, the Japanese have put increased emphasis on cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) security to make sure the Games are a success. 2015-16 was particularly packed with developments. For example, the Japanese government issued three cybersecurity guidelines exclusively for the electric power industry, and guidelines for business executives to encourage them to invest more in cybersecurity as part of their business strategy. Some Japanese businesses are discarding their previous passivity and are working proactively, in cooperation with the government and schools, to develop an ecosystem to educate, recruit, train, and retain cybersecurity professionals. Matsubara provided her analysis of the consequences, including future Japan-UK collaboration in this area.
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Mihoko Matsubara is Chief Security Officer for Japan at Palo Alto Networks. She is responsible for developing thought leadership, threat intelligence and security best practices for the cybersecurity community and business executives in Japan. Prior to this, she served in the Japanese Ministry of Defense for nine years, until receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an MA in International Relations and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC. Upon graduation, she became a Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, researching US-Japan cybersecurity cooperation. After returning to Tokyo, she worked at Hitachi Systems as a cybersecurity analyst researching cyber-threat environments and policy issues, and also at Intel KK as Cybersecurity Policy Director, leading efforts to influence cybersecurity and IoT policy in Japan. Her publications include a RUSI Journal article about Japan-UK cybersecurity cooperation, and in 2015 she was the first Japanese speaker at the NATO International Conference on Cyber Conflict, held in Estonia.