On March 9, 2016, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe), in cooperation with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York (JCCI), hosted “Supply Chains, Security, and Cyber Threats: Promoting U.S.-Japan Cooperation to Mitigate Risks and Improve Practices.” The event was held at the headquarters of Panasonic North America in Newark, New Jersey.
Enhanced market access across the Asia Pacific region offers new opportunities — but also risks — for Japanese and U.S. companies doing business abroad. How can businesses secure their supply chains while minimizing risks in this new environment? What new information security and intellectual property threats lie ahead? These questions and others were addressed in the one-day conference.
The keynote, “Addressing the Challenge of Cyber Security,” was delivered by Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Participants also heard a scene setter on “Supply Chain Challenges: Global Context and Opportunities for U.S.-Japan Cooperation,” delivered by George Bailey, Executive Professor of Digital Innovation and Management, Pepperdine University; former SVP, Transformation Officer, Sony.
Additionally, the event featured two panel discussions and associated interactive breakout sessions. The first panel focused on “Supply Chain Integrity: Managing Counterfeits and Piracy,” and featured presenters including: Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Hide Kaneko, Vice President, Customer Experience and Supply Chain Management, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America; Dr. Jorge Puente, Managing Partner, Pleasanton Pharma Ventures and former head of Pfizer, Asia Pacific; and Warren Spivey, Global Product Security, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.
The second panel centered on “Information Security: Managing Information Flow in the Supply Chain,” and was moderated by Matthew Monte, Author, Network Attacks and Exploitation; and featured panelists including Jun Takei, Director of Global Internet Technology Policy and Standards, Intel; Merwan Mereby, VP for Global Connected Products, Panasonic Corporation of North America; and Tom Robertson, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft.
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