The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) plans to help the ASEAN countries enhance their cybersecurity measures. It will work with private companies to provide technical support to the new training center the Thai government is opening on Sept. 14. This is a step being taken to use Japan’s knowhow to upgrade the ASEAN states’ cybersecurity capabilities.
The Thai government will launch and operate this new “Japan-ASEAN Cybersecurity Capacity Building Center,” which plans to train around 650 officials over four years from ASEAN government agencies and security personnel from communications, financial, and other infrastructure-related companies.
The training will include defense against replicated actual cyberattacks, preservation of evidence, analysis, and other practical skills. The same training is already offered to officials of the national and local governments and private companies in Japan.
The Japanese government has been participating in ASEAN’s security policy forum since 2009 and has been working with the ASEAN states on cybersecurity.
However, these countries differ in their level of security consciousness. The government and private companies in a number of them have a low level of awareness.