Ignoring information security can pose numerous risks for Vietnamese agencies and businesses, heard a seminar on November 14 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA) Trinh Ngoc Minh said that 38 percent of local enterprises do not have a staffer in charge of the field, and 53 percent have yet to plan the building of a system to protect information.

More festering is the fact that up to 65 percent of businesses do not take the matter into consideration at the initial stage of designing their websites, and this is on an upward trend compared to the previous year, Minh added.

A survey by BKAV Internet Security Corporation showed that Vietnamese people lost nearly 8,000 billion VND (380.9 million USD) because of computer virus.

Other findings from the VNISA indicated that 26 percent of businesses working in the southern region did not know whether their systems had been hacked or not.

To cope with the situation, VNISA representatives asked the State to complete policies, laws and specific regulations on carrying out the work of information security among local agencies and businesses.

They also appealed for setting up a professional technicians group to deal with computer incidents, and supporting research in the field in order to create Vietnamese information security products and further enhance the protection capacity.

In addition to raising authorities’ awareness of the matter, local businesses should invest in equipment and technology, as well as accelerate the institutionalisation of information security, which is deemed as a sure-fire path to the development of a modern information society.-VNA