Conference studies cyber security in Vietnam

A conference focusing on the need to establish groups to handle cyber security problems and maintain safe cyber operations was held in Ho Chi Minh City December 6.

Titled “Cyber Security Vietnam 2016”, the conference was organised by the Vietnam Centre for Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

According to VNCERT, two million cyber security issues are discovered weekly, of which about 40-50,000 dangerous ones need to be analysed and urgently tackled.

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In 2015, VNCERT recorded more than 31,500 problems. In addition, more than one million Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of Vietnam are included in networks of controlled computers.

Vice Director of the HCM City Department of Information and Communications Vo Thi Trung Trinh said in some situations, on-site cyber security teams do not coordinate with specialised agencies when cyber problems occur.

Therefore, local authorities have increased efforts to prevent cyber-attacks and ensure normal operation of the city’s information technology system. Besides coordinating with specialised agencies, the city will also improve the quality of on-site cyber security teams, she added.

To prevent cyber-attacks, VNCERT has implemented the Computer Security Incident Response Team project (CSIRT) in Vietnam, which is based on experience from Japan.

Nguyen Huu Nguyen, director of VNCERT in HCM City branch said that the team will provide guidance and support for the development of CSIRT in localities.

At the conference, international experts advised that Vietnam should pay attention to human resources and upgrade hardware for cyber security.


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