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Vietnam still behind on information security

Released at: 18:03, 01/12/2015

Vietnam still behind on information security

Conference held on Vietnam Information Security Day 2015 hears local enterprises have failed to apply minimum measures to protect their information.

by Hoai An

The Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA), the Ministry of Information and Communications’ Information Security Department, the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), and the Information and Technology Department at the Ministry of Defense marked “Vietnam Information Security Day 2015” on December 1 with a conference in Hanoi.

According to VNISA, the average index of information security in Vietnam has reached 46.4 per cent, still below the average level of 50 per cent and lower than in other countries such as South Korea, with 60 per cent. It had increased, however, by 7.4 per cent compared to 2014.

Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of VNISA, Dr. Vu Quoc Thanh, said that over recent years Vietnam has bolstered awareness on information security as well as management measures. “The National Assembly recently passed the Law on Information Security, which is the first legal document on the issue in the country,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung told the conference that new technologies such as big data, cloud computing, mobile, and the internet of things are creating tremendous opportunities for users but they also raise the risk of security breaches.  

Many Vietnamese enterprises do not apply even minimum measures to protect their information security and have no standard response to incidents. Legal systems, standards, and national technical regulations on information safety are incomplete, so there is no foundation for the application of management and technical measures.

“The urgent problem is how to build and strengthen the ability to prepare for and handle information security incidents and network attacks with the limited economic conditions available at present,” Deputy Minister Hung said. He also identified some crucial matters in need of development, such as continuing to enhance awareness, training human resources. especially young people, and building the legal framework for information security. Vietnam should also create a mechanism for effective coordination between agencies and local authorities.

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