enterprises need to take proactive steps to protect their information
from security risks as the number of cyber-attacks is on the rise,
according to the Vietnam Information Security Association.
Increased investment and more human resources for information security
is needed, said Trinh Ngoc Minh, deputy head of the association's
Many enterprises have decreased
their investment and training budget for information security due to the
economic downturn, Minh said at the sixth Vietnam Information Security
Day that opened in Ho Chi Minh City on November 14.
The event attracted more than 500 officials of State agencies, experts and enterprises in information security.
State-of-the-art information-security technologies, solutions and applications were discussed during the event.
A survey conducted by the association in October showed that half of
polled enterprises had set aside no more than 5 percent of their total
budget for data security.
Sixty-two percent of
organisations had no qualified officials in information security,
according to the survey which polled nearly 300 enterprises in the
More than half of the enterprises
had no office or department of information security. Nearly 70 percent
of respondents said they were not ready for outsourcing information
Nguyen Minh Duc, deputy director of Bkav's
internet security division, said at a recent conference in Hanoi that
spyware had been targeting Vietnamese state agency websites for the past
year, but the country did not have enough cyber-security experts to
cope with the attacks.
In Vietnam, 2,045 agency and
business websites were hacked this year, but the number of cyber
security experts was too small to cope with all of them.
At a conference organised by the Ministry of Information and
Communications at the beginning of 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen
Thien Nhan asked the ministry to train cyber security staff.-VNA