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How government procurement can boost cyber security

Incentivizing Private Entities

January 2021, Number 10.04

“Workforce development in the cyber security sphere is an urgent issue in Japan and across the world. According to the “(ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2019,” the global shortage amounts to over 4 million workers. In the Asia Pacific area, the shortage is 64% of need. In Japan, the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization reported in 2018 that the shortage of capable talent reached 132,000 in 2016 and was expected to increase to 193,000 in 2020.

Out of respect for the autonomy of private entities, workforce development policy in Japan is implemented through voluntary initiatives. For instance, the cyber workforce has been developed under the 2018 Cybersecurity Strategy by raising awareness, enriching opportunities for education and capability development during careers, and the promotion of a certification system.

Yet, an insufficiency in the number of capable workers is widely recognized, showing the limitations of voluntary initiatives. One consideration for the enhancement of policy implementation could be an introduction of obligatory measures, such as the path taken in the United States, where the Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce issued in 2019 has been implemented...”

Excerpt from Atsuko Sekiguchi, “Incentivizing Private Entities,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, No. 4, 2021: 20-23.

Atsuko Sekiguchi is deputy counselor of the International Strategy Group, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC), cabinet secretariat in the government of Japan, where her responsibilities include coordinating national cyber security policy and forming international collaboration in cyberspace.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.