Information security awareness among Vietnamese enterprises had gradually increased and they had started to recognise the importance of investing in information security.

The information was provided by Vu Quoc Thanh, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA), at the Vietnam Information Security Day in Hanoi on November 21.

The conclusion was based on a survey carried out by the VNISA of 598 firms and organisations.

He said that despite the improvement, information security in Vietnam was still lacking. VNISA revealled that only 37.5 percent of firms were protected in 2013, an increase of 11.5 percent compared with last year.

Thanh said that only 0.8 percent of organisations that were attacked reported and asked for help within one week, making hacking difficult to tackle.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong said that the Department of Information Security planned to release policies, regulations and measures to prevent hacking and lower the damage caused by cyber attacks.

He said the ministry was drafting a law on information security to meet management requirements.-VNA