Network attacks in Việt Nam have become more sophisticated with rises in scale, number and quality, especially those targeting big businesses, said Nguyễn Thành Hưng, deputy minister of Information and Communication.
Speaking at the "New era of information security” seminar held to mark the ninth annual Việt Nam Information Security Day in Hà Nội yesterday, Hưng said the ministry had always supported associations and businesses to build a safe and healthy information society.
Information security globally has seen complicated changes as many Internet of Things (IoT) devices were attacked on a large scale, causing serious problems, he said, adding that there was no international pact or law on network security.
In Việt Nam, a legal framework on network security is nearly completed. After the Law on network security was approved by the National Assembly, the Government promulgated Decree 02 guiding the implementation of the law. The ministry has also co-operated with relevant ministries and agencies to implement a plan to ensure information security under Decision No 898/QĐ-TTg dated May 27, 2016.
“Information security was expected to experience more complicated changes in the upcoming time. The situation is also seen in Việt Nam. This was why State agencies, enterprises, organisations and individuals in the ICT sector should quickly have suitable solutions to respond to the issue,” he said.
The Việt Nam Information Security Association also announced the Việt Nam Information Security 2016 Index at the event. For the first time the index reached 59.9 per cent in 2016, increasing 13.5 per cent from last year.
Vũ Quốc Khánh from VNISA said this was the ninth year the association announced the survey on information security in organisations and businesses and the fourth year for the index.
The survey on 692 firms and organisations from September to November in Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and HCM City showed that the indices in 2015, 2014 and 2013 were 47.4 per cent, 39 per cent and 37.3 per cent respectively.
“The Information Security 2016 Index has seen sustainable growth. This has shown increasing awareness of investment for information security among organisations and companies,” Khánh said.
Bùi Nguyễn Dũng, senior manager, cyber security services, IT risks and assurance, EY Việt Nam said businesses could benefit by complying with information security regulations. They could develop trust and confidence with customers and stakeholders while controlling risks and impacts. They could also strengthen relationships with regulators.
"Cyber security is a business risk. Managing cyber security requires a risk-based and enterprise-wide approach. The first step in managing cyber security risk is understanding your current state. Cyber security is the responsibility of everyone in organisations," he said.