Early detection, fight against and prevention of attacks in cyberspace a must: Symposium

It is necessary to early detect, fight and prevent attacks in cyberspace, heard a national symposium on ensuring national sovereignty in cyberspace held by the Ministry of Public Security and Su That (Truth) National Political Publishing House in Hanoi on December 8.

Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia stressed that ensuring national sovereignty in cyberspace is safeguarding the national sovereignty.

In recent years, the Vietnamese Party and State have issued many policies to ensure information safety and security so as to contribute to ensuring national sovereignty in cyberspace. These policies and stances have been realised in specific strategies such as the strategy for national protection in cyberspace, the national border protection strategy, the national cyber security strategy, and the Law on Cyber Security, he said.

With the rapid development of the Internet, non-traditional security issues, including cybersecurity and the task of ensuring national sovereignty in cyberspace, are of important significance in the cause of national building and safeguarding, Nghia added.

Vice Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council Nguyen Van Thanh, who is former Deputy Minister of Public Security, said that national sovereignty in cyberspace is the supreme, absolute and complete right that the State manages and controls directly or indirectly through policies, laws and technological capacity in accordance with international law.

In order to improve the effectiveness of State management in this issue, Thanh emphasised the need to build a healthy cyber environment and a competent specialised force, and proactively deal with all risks occurring in cyberspace.

Minister of Public Security General To Lam cited a report by the International Criminal Police Organisation as saying that crimes using high technology ranked second among the most dangerous types of crimes, after terrorism, and 90% of traditional criminals have moved to the cyber environment or have used high-tech devices. Therefore, the issue of developing and mastering cyberspace has become one of the urgent tasks that many countries have paid special attention to.

To meet the increasing requirements of the task of ensuring national sovereignty in cyberspace, Lam asked the public security force to continue stepping up the implementation of measures to ensure cybersecurity, and fight against crimes in cyberspace, and at the same time improve the quality of training in information technology and cybersecurity, and promote cooperation with countries, universities, advanced technology groups in the world to absorb new technologies and experience in ensuring cybersecurity to meet the requirements of the new situation.