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Prime Minister highlights internet's benefits, pitfalls

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Hackers could steal user's personal information through free-wifi stations. — VNS Photo Doan Tung

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Government's information portal yesterday published a paper written by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's on the topic of the Internet and national development to mark the 18 years since the first time Viet Nam connected to the Internet on November 19, 1997 and in anticipation of the upcoming cyber peace and security global day on December 12.

The PM said that the Internet has earned its place among mankind's greatest inventions, which has been and will continue to contribute to a new era – the era of global integration and the information economy.

He noted that as mankind's largest knowledge vault, the Internet has provided people of the world with unprecedented education opportunities, helped bolster commerce and built bridges of friendship to connect people from all over the world.

PM Dung reaffirmed the country's target to pursue an Internet penetration rate of 80 per cent to 90 per cent, the same level as developed countries, and to expand its network to cover isolated areas such as mountainous regions and islands.

He said the Internet also presented the Government with the foundation and solutions to improve transparency, to safeguard civil and human rights.

The PM urged Vietnamese people to be responsible users of the Internet and social media networks. He reminded the country's netizens that they must take part in the effort to fight for justice, fairness and humane values on the Internet.

He said the Government of Viet Nam would hold steadfast its commitment in contributing to the global effort of building and implementing a cyber security code of conduct and code of ethics.

Cybercrime

Cybercrime, which has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, has caused an enormous amount of disruption and loss to businesses, including those in Viet Nam, speakers said at an information security event organised yesterday in HCM City.

Speaking at the eighth annual Viet Nam Information Security Day, Keshav Dhakad, regional director of Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) in Asia, said that malware- facilitated crimes had the most devastating impact on business, especially the financial industry, governments and individuals.

He spoke about cybersecurity challenges and building a trusted cloud for data security and privacy.

Malware (malicious codes), which are multiplying in numbers via different types and threats, can do untold amount of damage without warning, like hacking confidential information, stealing private and personal information, committing financial theft and wire-fraud, and causing disruption of IT systems and critical networks.

Ngo Vi Dong, vice-chairman of the Viet Nam Information Security Association (VNISA), said this year's event, with its theme of Devastating Destructive Trend of Modern Cyber Attacks, introduced the latest technology solutions to companies.

The event also aimed to strengthen cooperation between the Government, society and enterprises to improve information security as well as share updated knowledge and experience about security and leverage digital sovereignty.

Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy minister of information and communications, said a lack of information security systems had become a more serious issue in the context of rapid development and application of information technology.

Many companies and organisations lack competence in dealing with real situations and particular skills in implementing investigations, analyses and incident responses.

The country lacks a standard system that protects information security, Hung said.

He recommended that the capacity of agencies in ensuring information security for individuals, businesses and organisations should be improved.

The ministry is completing the framework for information security activities in the country, Hung said.

He said the National Assembly was considering passing a Law on Information Security.

The Viet Nam Information Security Day 2015 was co-organised by the Viet Nam Information Security Association (VNISA) and the city's Department of Information and Communications.

The event also featured panel discussions and professional reports, showrooms and booths introduc IT products and security solutions from local and international organisations and businesses.

The event attracted more than 500 people from the Ministry of Information and Communications, HCM City People's Committee and city-based enterprises as well as security solution service providers and technology experts.

Safety drill

On Wednesday, more than 250 participants from the departments of information and communication as well as information security agencies across the country took part in a safety drill in the case of cyberattacks in HCM City.

The drill, which took place at Quang Trung Software City in District 12, focused on responding to cyberattacks in order to enhance competence in dealing with real situations and particular skills in implementing investigation, analyses and incident response.

The Viet Nam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) was in charge of regulating the drill.

The drill was not only an opportunity for technicians to practice with international-level computer technology, but also an activity to raise awareness about information safety in offices, enterprises and the community.

VNCERT found that more than 3 million IP addresses had been infected and controlled by host computers outside of Viet Nam.

The centre also found 18,085 infected websites that had spread malware on the internet, including 88 state agency websites.

In addition, there were 5,400 phishing sites and 7,400 websites attacked and defaced.

The drill, the second of its kind, was organised by the city's Department of Information and Communications, Viet Nam Information Security Association and Quang Trung Software City. The first drill was held in December 2013. — VNS

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