|Nguyễn Thanh Hải, director of the Authority of Information Security delivers a speech at the workshop. — VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s security index is very low, ranking 101st out of 193 member countries on the International Telecommunication Union report on the Global Network Security Index on ability to ensure network security.
Some 53 per cent of Vietnamese use the internet, according to the Authority of Information Security (AIS) under the Ministry of Information and Communications, ranking Việt Nam 16th among the top 20 countries with the highest number of internet users in Asia.
Internet users are mainly the youth, accounting for more than half of the entire population. If one considers just Facebook, the largest social network, Việt Nam ranks seventh among all countries in number of users, with a total of 64 million users logging onto the site every month.
“However, the popularity of the internet in Việt Nam comes with several challenges. Many Vietnamese users do not know how to protect themselves in the social network environment,” Nguyễn Thanh Hải, AIS’s director, said.
Hải told the workshop, titled "Research on Digital Literacy and Digital Safety Initiatives in Việt Nam," held in Hà Nội yesterday, that the Government should have a legal framework to enhance network security. The framework should specify and state regulations clearly to improve the situation.
Sharing the ideas, Nguyễn Viết Thế from the Ministry of Public Security-cum-vice chairman of the Việt Nam Internet Association said Việt Nam takes the lead in terms of domain name in the Southeast Asian region.
“However, the issue of network security of Vietnamese internet users is very low. The latest study of Kaspersky showed that up to three-fourth of internet users in Việt Nam do not protect themselves online,” Thế added.
He said internet security, especially the network war, is a hot issue not only in Việt Nam, but also worldwide.
The Information Security Association and Việt Nam Internet Association have closely co-operated to increase people’s awareness on the issue as well as provide alarms to governmental websites, businesses and users on internet security.
“Internet users should follow the process of setting up new passwords to avoid information leak,” he noted.
At the beginning of 2017, the Symposium on Digital Citizenship and Safer Internet Day 2017 was held in Hà Nội to discuss issues, policies and practical activities related to internet safety in Việt Nam and to build a programme to raise awareness about the need for safe behaviour when using the internet.
As a continuation of the symposium, the workshop was organised as part of a collaboration on internet safety initiatives between Vietnet Information Technology and Communication Centre and the Research Centre for Management and Sustainable Development. — VNS