Seminar warns of Vietnam’s need for cyber security hinh anh 1The 2018 Vietnam Information Safety Day opened in HCM City on November 22 (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Information safety and cyber security are becoming a constant factor and the fight between cyber criminals and network safety professionals is unrelenting as the world steps into the digital era and all information is placed in cyber space, a recent seminar heard in Ho Chi Minh City.

“Cyber criminals are proliferating as technologies like artificial intelligence and big data, mobile devices and the internet become popular,” Deputy Minister of Information and Telecommunication Nguyen Thanh Hung told the 2018 Vietnam Information Safety Day conference, which this year had the theme “Cyber security for the age of artificial intelligence and smart devices.”

“Vietnam is ranked around 100th in the world in cyber security because many computers and smart devices have been attacked, but Vietnam can take this up as a challenge and make cyber security a key product to win international customers.

“AI is now increasingly used in cyber security and also to attack networks. Therefore, it has great significance for information safety.”

Trinh Ngoc Minh, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA)’s southern branch, spoke about a survey on information safety in the south done recently by his agency.

“Lack of attention from leaders, inability to identify appropriate IT security systems, lack of funding for IT solutions, and inability to maximise efficiency of investment in IT are weaknesses [the survey identified].

“Widespread cloud usage, IT outsourcing and IT expertise are the advantages of the south.

“Fighting malware is like a cat and mouse game. Hackers create new kinds of malware, new types of attacks, and protectors must develop new solutions.

“Hackers might be moving to a fifth version malware and defending using a single tool will not be enough. An information technology structure with total visibility and detection and threat response capability are what enterprises need.

“Global threat intelligence and application of artificial intelligence are now the most important tools in fighting hackers.”

Vietnam now ranks 17th in terms of high risk for internet users when they are online and second among nations in terms of malware infection, he quoted the report as saying.

Information safety policies were absent at 57 percent of enterprises and organisations that took part in the survey and 70 percent of them said “No” when asked if they plan to set up an ISO 27001-standard information security management system, he said.

The latter rate was the same as last year, showing no progress had been made, he said.

About 80 of organisations and enterprises did not have information safety experts though 70 percent had IT personnel.

Thirty nine percent of the respondents, all IT personnel, said their company’s leaders did not pay enough attention to information safety.

To improve the situation, Minh said: “The legal framework should be completed to ensure better information safety. Relevant authorities must focus on ensuring network security for important infrastructure networks.

“Electronic government must be accelerated to take advantage of IT capabilities.

“Enterprises should adopt new IT technologies but in close conjunction with cyber security.”

Nguyen Trong Huan, a Kaspersky Lab Certified Professional, said, “Cyber security is a non-stop and continuous process. It requires resolving all threats with a comprehensive and multi-layered protection solution.”

The 15th Vietnam Information Safety Day is an annual conference organised by the VNISA, Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team and the Ministry of Information and Communications. – VNS/VNA