Cyber-attacks increase in Vietnam to prompt ratings drop

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Following the reporting of 4,770 cyber-attacks in the opening three months of this year, authorities in the southeast Asian state have said that cybersecurity is not good enough.

The total number of cyber-attacks for the first quarter amounts to half of the number of attacks Vietnam suffered through the whole of last year.

Vietnam’s Computer Emergency Response Centre (VNcert) of the Ministry of Information and Communications also said that the country experienced 8,319 online attacks in 2018, VN Express reported.

The director of VNcert, Nguyen Trong Duong stated that violations of information security policies were the two most common transgressions through January, February and March 2019. Infringements of this nature comprised 40% of the cyber-attacks. The remaining 39% of attacks were made up of incidents of unauthorised collection of private data.

Ngugen also revealed that Vietnam experienced 124 incidents of onsite malicious code attacks over the same time period, with 2,245 interface breaches and in excess of 1,000 websites being targetted with phishing campaigns.

VNcert has advised that malicious code attacks built on AI will be one of the chief tactics to be used throughout the rest of this year, fearing that banking systems, financial infrastructures and e-commerce frameworks may come under sustained pressure through the rest of the year.

None of Vietnam’s 90 ministries or provincial or municipal departments was said to have achieved a cyber-safety rating of A – the highest grade achievable – during the Vietnam Security Summit 2019 which took place in mid-April.

Barely 17% of state departments managed to attain a B-grade rating, with the large part (70%) only able to reach a C-grade certification, leaving the remaining institutions on a D-grade.

Perhaps more alarmingly for the ASEAN member state, 50% of all Vietnam’s state agencies do not have a specialist elected to oversee cyber-security efforts, nor is professional outsourcing relied upon, leaving the country very vulnerable in the event of a cyber-attack.

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