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Vietnam: Declining Cyberattacks Signals Improved Information Security

According to the Authority of Information Security, Vietnam recorded and handled as many as 498 cyberattacks targeting information networks in April. The figure indicates a decrease of 5.1% from March and a significant drop of 46.9% compared to the same period last year. For the second consecutive month in 2023, the number of cyberattacks in Vietnam has significantly decreased, the government has said in a press release.

The government has attributed the decrease in cyberattacks to the increased focus of domestic agencies and organisations on information security protection, as well as the positive outcomes resulting from long-term efforts to increase investment in this field.

Despite the reduction in cyberattacks, the Authority expressed concern that cybercrime groups may continue to target organisations and businesses associated with financial services, including banking, securities, and insurance. To mitigate these risks, the Authority advised enterprises to adhere to the regulations set by state management agencies and take necessary measures to prevent cyberattacks while ensuring timely response in case of any incidents.

In March, 525 cyberattacks were recorded in Vietnam, a decrease of 68.9% month on month and 49.3% year on year. In the first quarter of 2023, a total of 3,446 cyberattacks were reported and handled, down 6.3% compared to the same period in 2022.

Last year in Vietnam, computer viruses resulted in economic losses amounting to VND 21.2 trillion (US$ 903 million). To ensure cybersecurity, MIC collaborated with various agencies to conduct three nationwide security exercises. The authority directly prevented over 3,600 fraudulent websites, safeguarding nearly 4 million people or approximately 6% of internet users.

Earlier this month, the Authority of Information Security and several city Information and Communications Departments held a conference on the launch and evaluation of the national cyber security and safety strategy. As OpenGov Asia reported, Vietnam has set a goal to establish a cybersecurity research and development centre, safeguard information systems in 11 critical sectors, and establish cybersecurity forces at ministries, sectors, and state agencies by 2025.

The government has cracked down on 76 websites involved in the distribution of malware. Additionally, connections to 915 IP addresses belonging to virus-infected computer networks (IP Botnet) have been blocked. An expert highlighted the importance of cybersecurity and safety as essential responsibilities during the digital transformation process. These measures play a crucial role in establishing digital trust and fostering prosperity in the era of digital advancements.

The conference also explored the importance of investing in cybersecurity, which will promote sustainable development and generate value. To achieve this, the agency must maintain and improve the effectiveness of the “4-layer” information security assurance model. This includes focusing on monitoring and professionally protecting systems, as well as connecting and sharing information with the national monitoring system. Additionally, the agency must prioritise training and updating technical personnel with knowledge and skills related to information security, and adopt anti-malware solutions.

Participants discussed measures to promote the implementation of the strategy. Local authorities have prioritised investment in developing and protecting digital infrastructure, platforms, data, and network infrastructure.

The government has emphasised the importance of strengthening national sovereignty protection across different aspects of cyberspace. These include safeguarding digital infrastructure, platforms, data, national cyberinfrastructure, and information systems utilised by party and state agencies.


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