Vietnam Govt’s Cyber Security Strategy yields results

In the first half of this year, Vietnam recorded nearly 3,000 cyber attacks, up nearly 30 per cent from last year, according to the Vietnam National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

There were around 718 cyber attacks that were reported in June, according to NCSC data. In May, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung issued Directive No 22/CT-BTTT on strengthening the prevention and combat of violations and crimes on the Internet.

The Minister also requested the sector to continue to effectively implement the Prime Minister’s Directive No 14/CT-TTg issued on June 7, 2019 on enhancing safety measures on cybersecurity which aims to improve Vietnam’s rankings. Around 5,168 cyber-attacks were recorded in Vietnam in 2020, a marginal year-on-year decline of 0.15 per cent, which underscores the efforts taken by the government.

When compared to December 2020, Vietnam was hit by 315 cyber-attacks, a reduction of 54.48 per cent compared to November 2020, and 0.94 per cent year-on-year.

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Last year, NCSC launched a campaign which involved a real-time map of the results of the malware review by region in Vietnam and a chart featuring the implementation of the campaign in the northern, central and southern regions. These help assess the performance of the campaign.

Statistics from the NCSC also show that the campaign, which was hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications and implemented by NCSC in coordination with corporations including VNPT, Viettel, BKAV, FPT and CMC, has been actively supported by the community. Vietnam jumped 25 places in two years to rank 25th out of 194 countries and territories worldwide in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) in 2020, according to a report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

According to the report, Vietnam ranked seventh in the Asia-Pacific region and fourth among ASEAN countries. In 2019, the National Cyber Security Center and global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab signed a memorandum of understanding to address information security challenges in the country and help the Government build cybersecurity capacity.

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