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Suguru Yamaguchi

Posthumous Recipient

As a cybersecurity research pioneer and global leader in its deployment, Suguru Yamaguchi played an integral role in increasing the security of the Internet in Asia and around the world.  

Dr. Yamaguchi was a founding member of the WIDE (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment) Project, which has been fostering network research and development activity since it established the first Japanese Internet backbone in 1988. As an active board member, he also began researching network security systems for large-scale distributed computing environments.

In 1996, he founded the Asia Internet Interconnection Initiatives (AI3), an Asia-wide research effort to provide broadband Internet connectivity throughout Asia Pacific via satellite. Through AI3, he helped build a satellite Internetwork for research and education communities in 13 Asia Pacific countries, enabling greater academic collaboration and further development of the Internet in the region.

His passion for cybersecurity never waned, and he founded Japan’s first Computer Security Incident Response Team  (CSIRT), the Japanese Computer Emergency Response Team, or JPCERT, providing Japan with a critical single-point-of-contact entity that can effectively respond to cybersecurity incidents.  

He also led the founding of APCERT (Asia Pacific Emergency Response Team), a regional forum for cooperation of CSIRTs across Asia Pacific, and played a key role in founding AfricaCERT, the African Forum of Computer Emergency Response Teams.

From 2011 to 2013, he served as a board member of, the leading global association of CSIRTs, where he helped expand the organization’s outreach and education program to developing countries. 

Watch an interview on his contribution