Welcome to the ICA

Established in 1970, the ICA (International Computer Association) has grown into one of Japan’s largest, most influential organizations covering Information Technology and Business in Japan. The ICA provides a forum for information exchange, networking, and identification of business expansion opportunities with many of the key movers and shakers in Japan. Read more about the ICA

[Jul 27th 2017] Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to detect New, Emerging Cyber Threats in Realtime


Speaker:  John Kirch
Regional Director North Asia - Darktrace

In today's world with hyper-connected work environments and the growth of cloud, IoT, mobile technologies and other technologies have created a greater exposure on security risks. The large volume of connected devices feeding into networks provide a real scenario for cyber criminals with lots of new and plentiful access points to target. Furthermore, security on these access points is often deficient. Most organizations don't want to believe their companies would be subject to security threats or any form of exposure.

Today’s evolving cyber threats such as the recent ransomware attack called “WannaCry” demand a new approach to cyber-defense. These threats could only grow and get worse as hackers exploit newer methods as modern technology is released. Most organizations are too afraid to reveal their real losses for fear of credibility and name loss.

In this presentation our speaker will talk about the role of artificial intelligence combating cyber security threats.

[Jun 15th 2017] The Top 10 Digital Marketing Mistakes Made by Japanese Companies in 2017


Speaker:  Jeff Crawford
Founder and Lead Consultant of JC Digital.

Our speaker will present on "The top 10 Digital Marketing mistakes Japanese companies make when doing Web Marketing." Having a good Web Marketing strategy is absolutely necessary to attract paying customers or clients from abroad. But many Japanese small and medium businesses fail to execute some of the most basic practices.

Jun 15, 2017. Presentation - Part 1Jun 15, 2017. Presentation - Part 2Jun 15, 2017. Presentation - Part 3

After talking to many companies in the last few years, our speaker has compiled a list of the top 10 mistakes companies make over and over again. These mistakes cost companies millions of dollars (billions of Yen) every year. And in most cases, they don’t realize it is happening.

[Apr 20th 2017] India as an Innovation Center: Is there a case?


Speaker:  Sriram Venkataraman.
Independent Business and Technology Advisor.

India is attracting attention in the business world. With China showing signs of slowing down and the anxiety around overall global economic growth, India is now in the spotlight. A lot of this has to do with the large population, the increasing spend power amongst the emerging middle class. Some corporations have also decided to invest in building capacity in India to ensure that an efficient local supply chain is available to capture the emerging, growing market.

This approach is now getting a much needed and serious support from the Make in India program launched by the government of India. This is the conventional view of India as a large, promising market and as a manufacturing base.

Our presenter makes a case for a relatively less known and under appreciated view of India. India as an Innovation Center. India possesses a unique combination of numbers, skills and an entrepreneurial mindset along with a strong diaspora enabling innovation of a different type and scale.

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