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[ISN] Vietnam faces loose network security, data protection
Editor: Gao Ying
HANOI, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Delegates to the international conference
and showcase entitled Security World 2008 which started here Wednesday
said organizations and individuals in Vietnam have yet to invest enough
in or to have full awareness about network security and data protection.
"The risk of data and network security breaches is at an alarming rate.
According to reports of BKIS (a leading local network security center in
Vietnam) and VNCERT (Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team under the
country's Ministry of Information and Communications, in 2007, some 25
percent of major Vietnamese websites are vulnerable to hackers' attacks,
and 95 percent of personal computers were infected with viruses," Dang
Van Hieu, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security, said at the
Nguyen Viet The, an official from the Public Security Ministry's General
Department of Technology, said: "Last year, we surveyed and detected
security holes in 140 websites of important agencies and enterprises in
Vietnam. More seriously, some websites with domain "gov.vn" were
attached malicious codes by foreign hackers. If this situation continue,
it is possible that national security and social order will be
According to BKIS surveys, last year, 342 Vietnamese websites were
attacked by hackers, of which 224 websites were hacked by foreigners.
Meanwhile, over 33.6 million computers were infected with viruses,
causing estimated losses of 2.4 trillion Vietnamese dong (150 million
Some 40 percent of Vietnamese stock brokerage websites are still
vulnerable to attacks from hackers, despite efforts to improve network
security, according to a recent BKIS survey.
"In March 2007, we warned of errors in 12 out of 22 stock brokerage
websites which could be used by hackers to take control of or manipulate
data and transactions. In late 2007, we still found errors in 40 percent
of a total of 60 securities websites," said BKIS director Nguyen Tu
Nguyen Viet The said key reasons for the loose network security and data
protection in Vietnam include limited spending on information
technology, especially security issues of local organizations, shortage
of legal documents on handling cyber-crimes, and poor awareness of
Internet users about security threats.
Elaine Lee, market analyst of International Data Corporation, stated at
the conference: "Many organizations often don't know which technologies
to buy, so they buy too much or not enough, but don't usually get what
they need." They need integrated solutions for anti-virus, anti-spam,
anti-spy ware, outbound filtering and email encryption to cut cost and
save time, she said.
During the two-day event themed "Strengthening Security Awareness and
Deployment" and held by the General Department of Technology and the
International Data Group, 30 speakers from Vietnamese ministries and
organizations, and such foreign firms as Cisco Systems and Symantec are
to touch current status and trends of, and solutions to network and data
security in the Asia-Pacific region in general and Vietnam in
Over 500 delegates and nearly 2,000 visitors are attending Security
World 2008, the organizers estimated.
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