Professor Vladimir Kolotov, director of Ho Chi Minh Institute under the St Petersburg University (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The adoption of the Law on Cyber Security at the recent fifth sitting of the 14th National Assembly of Vietnam is essential, according to Professor Vladimir Kolotov, director of Ho Chi Minh Institute under the St Petersburg University.

In an interview with Sputnik news agency, Vladimir Kolotov said cyberspace is the sovereignty domain of any country like territorial sovereignty, airspace sovereignty and territorial waters sovereignty.

Moreover, cyberspace is where hostile actions take place that are just as dangerous as in real life and where terrorists exchange information, he said.

He warned that many terrorists are better equipped with knowledge about cyber security than some countries in Southeast Asia.

While evaluating cyber security in Vietnam, Professor Kolotov said Vietnam was ranked 100th in the global cyber security index.

The low cyber security has led to some regrettable cases, he noted, saying that the opposition to the approval of the law lends a hand to the country’s cyber safety, posing risks to not only the cyberspace sovereignty but also the actual sovereignty of the nation.

The adoption of the Law on Cyber Security does not violate or interfere with free speech, he said, adding that the law covers different things which are related to the infrastructure of the internet and the management of metadata.

Similar laws are being implemented in multiple countries around the world, including Russia, with the purpose of protecting citizens’ interests, he said.-VNA