Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Information Security Day 2018 kicked off in Hanoi on November 30 with 500 participants, including leaders of ministries, departments, and major firms, as well as experts in information technology (IT).

Themed “Cyber Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Smart Devices”, the event was jointly organised by the Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA), the Authority of Information Security, the Vietnam Computer Emergency Rescue Team under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the Cyber Command 86 under the Ministry of Defence. 

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of the MIC Nguyen Thanh Hung stressed over the past 11 years, the Vietnam Information Security Day has become an important annual event and a major international forum to share information, experience, and IT solutions, raising public awareness of information safety.

In order to ensure information safety and cyber security, he said, state agencies and organisations need to frequently update their knowledge on the latest technologies, meeting the standards and conditions to prevent cyber attacks. 

Meanwhile, firms in information security should bolster research and apply advanced technology to create new products and services. They are also advised to increase collaboration to form a strong community which promotes Vietnamese brands in both domestic and international markets, Hung added.

A report on Vietnam’s information security during 2018 was delivered at the event’s plenary session, along with an assessment of the VNISA and discussion papers of major domestic and foreign businesses like Viettel, Amazon, Google, and Cisco, among others. 

The papers mainly focused on user information protection, information security in Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing linked to AI for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Vietnam.

Member of the VNISA Executive Committee Vu Quoc Khanh said Vietnam has witnessed a positive trend in its cyber security, despite the slow growth speed of information security. It is necessary to improve the efficiency of practical activities ensuring cyber information security, he noted. 

Chang Yong-son, Deputy Director of the Office of ICT Policy under the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea, said that each nation needs to conduct regular countermeasures against these new types of cyber attacks that are arising. He suggested that countries foster communication work and join hands with other partners across the world in ensuring cyber security.

A number of activities were arranged within the framework of the Vietnam Information Security Day 2018, including an exhibition with 25 booths of leading Vietnamese and foreign firms, as well as programmes honouring new products and students with contributions in information security. 

On November 30, delegates joined a symposium on digital transformation, IoT, and data security; and another on AI technology, cloud computing, and information security. –VNA