Ranking of Southeast Asia countries in local cyber-threats in 2018 and 2019. — Source Kaspersky
HCM CITY — The number of detections of web threats in Việt Nam fell by more than 30 per cent last year compared to 2018, with 75 million different Internet-borne cyberthreats, according to Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) 2019.
With 40 per cent of users almost infected by web-borne threats last year, Việt Nam ranked 17th worldwide in the dangers associated with surfing. Singapore has the lowest number of web threats with nearly 4.7 million which is in 156th place globally, it said.
Kaspersky’s latest data shows that the number of local threats in Việt Nam for 2019 has dropped 10 per cent compared to 2018, which puts it in sixth place worldwide, a significant drop from its second place in 2018.
According to the cyber-security company Kaspersky, the top five attack vectors of web threats in Southeast Asia are malware in web traffic, which is found during browsing scenarios when user visits infect sites or online-advertisement performs unfair actions; unintentional downloads of certain programmes (or files) from the Internet; downloading of malicious attachments from online e-mail services; browser extensions activity; and downloads of malicious components or communications with control and command, performed by other malware.
Data from KSN also indicated that threat sources in Việt Nam went down to 2.68 million incidents last year from 5.3 million incidents in 2018. This ranks Việt Nam in 30th place worldwide compared to Indonesia (32nd), the Philippines (37th), Thailand (38th), Malaysia (40th), and Singapore (10th).
Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, said: “Last year Việt Nam saw significant improvements in its cybersecurity landscape. We have to commend the active efforts exerted by the Government, which definitely increased awareness of the public and required businesses to beef up their defences.
“While it is undoubtedly a success for everyone in Việt Nam, we should still keep our guard up as cybercriminals will surely try to earn and infect as much as they can.”
He said with the process of digitisation taking place in many businesses, the awareness of the importance of cybersecurity in 2020 is going to increase, both for individuals and organisations. Alongside the technological advancements such as the implementation of 5G and Industry 4.0, attacks will be more complex and damaging.
“Enterprises and organisations in Việt Nam should pay more attention to the importance of threat intelligence for all industries, which can help further boost their defences against sophisticated cyberattacks,” he added. — VNS