Mihoko Matsubara is an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum and has extensive experience in academia, industry, and government. Mihoko worked at the Japanese Ministry of Defense for nine years before receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an MA in International Relations and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. After completion of her MA, she accepted a fellowship at Pacific Forum CSIS (now Pacific Forum) in Honolulu to research US-Japan cybersecurity cooperation. Mihoko then joined Hitachi Systems as cybersecurity analyst, and next took a position at Intel K.K., Tokyo, as Cybersecurity Policy Director.
Her most recent experience has been Vice President and Public Sector Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Asia-Pacific at Palo Alto Networks in Singapore to be responsible for sharing cybersecurity best practices and cyberthreat intelligence with governments and academia in the region. Directly prior, Mihoko was CSO for Palo Alto Networks in Japan.
Mihoko has published 50 blogs and papers and has spoken at various engagements internationally. She was the first Japanese speaker at the NATO International Conference on Cyber Conflict in Estonia (2015).