Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIC) and Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) have announced the establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Thailand. The goal for the Centre is to ensure that ASEAN cybersecurity personnel are well equipped with both the knowledge and the skills to defend against advanced cyber-attacks.
Officials are confident that after the launch in June, the Centre will play a key role in mitigating cybercrime in the region and moving forward with the establishment of the ASEAN-CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). The project has received funding from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Japanese government will provide technical expertise to enable effective delivery of cyber training for ASEAN Member States.
Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of MDES said: “MDES has been working in parallel with ASEAN and Japan. While Japan is preparing for financial capital, Thailand is proceeding with the approval of project details that are under review by ASEAN and Japan. Thailand is getting the people, process, and location ready to take immediate action upon approval of the budget. This includes the action plan, the course curriculum, and other logistics. We expect to officially launch the Centre this June and conduct the first training for ASEAN altogether after that.”
The project has two main objectives. The first objective is to develop a cybersecurity workforce in governmental agencies and Critical Information Infrastructure operators in ASEAN. In order to meet this object the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Center plans to enhance cybersecurity awareness, strengthen information security and data protection, and promote information sharing.
Awareness data protection and information sharing are essential elements to the development of a standardized Incident Reporting Framework across the region and the establishment of ASEAN-CERT, a part of the ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2020.
The second objective is for Thailand to learn and adapt state-of-the-art international practices in cybersecurity workforce development to benefit the country and allow Thailand to build a network of cybersecurity experts.
Thailand’s, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), will manage the AJCCBC’s operations on a day-to-day basis and has announced that it will hold 3 courses to prepare ASEAN’s cybersecurity workforce against the rising threats of cyber-attacks.
Surangkana Wayuparb, CEO of ETDA said that the Centre has plans to deliver cybersecurity training every two months, or at least six times per year. The targets for the training will be government officials and Critical Information Infrastructure personnel. The courses to be conducted are:
1 – CYDER (Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence) – focuses on how cybersecurity incidents should be handled
* CYDER is a course that the Government of Japan has used for the past 5-years to train more than 5,000 cybersecurity personnel from 1,500 Japanese companies and organizations
2 – Cybersecurity Forensics – deals with digital evidence of cyber-attacks
3 – Malware Analysis – covers the analysis of various types of malware according to the trend of cyber threats.
All courses will be continually updated to keep up with evolving cyber threats and are designed to allow participants to learn theory and have hands-on practice. The Centre aims to develop at least 700 cybersecurity personnel in ASEAN during the 2018 ~ 2022 period.
Additionally, the Centre plans to organize the annual Cyber SEA Game, a regional cybersecurity contest to nurture youth and young professionals in the field. The winning team will attend an international cybersecurity competition in Japan.
During the initial 4 years of the project, Japan will help ASEAN develop cybersecurity personnel and provide the essential knowledge transfer for the long-term management and sustainability of the “Centre. Thailand will promote and support the Centre by exploring future partnership and sponsorship from other sources such as ASEAN dialogue partners, private companies, and the ASEAN ICT Fund.