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Cyber risk threatens Vietnam’s information systems: report

Cyber risk threatens Vietnam’s information systems: report

Thursday, October 06, 2022, 13:22 GMT+7
Cyber risk threatens Vietnam’s information systems: report
An anonymous individual hacks a phone in this supplied photo illustration.

The National Cyber Security Center of Vietnam reported on Wednesday that there was an average of 1,006 cyberattacks each month over the past nine months, posing challenges for the country’s information systems.

According to the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), Vietnam's information systems were damaged by 988 cyberattacks in September of this year, bringing the total number of cyber and domestic system attacks over the past nine months to 9,519 cases.

In September 2022, the number of cyberattacks on Vietnam's information systems increased 8.9 percent compared to August 2022 and 19.0 percent compared to September 2021, according to NCSC statistics.

In the third quarter of 2022, the number of cyberattacks on Vietnam's information systems that the NCSC resolved and warned of rose 15.5 percent compared to the same period in 2021.

The center also warned that security holes are one of the leading causes of cyberattacks against agencies, organizations, and enterprises.

“[Despite the risk of cyberattacks], numerous units in Vietnam seem apathetic when relevant authorities warn of the severe impact of computer system security vulnerabilities,” a spokesperson for the NCSC stated.

According to statistics, there are 900 network attacks every second in the world. Every day, there are five new malicious codes created and 40 new vulnerabilities discovered.

Statistics from the Center for Information Technology and Cyber Security Monitoring under the Government Cipher Committee indicated that in 2021 and the first half of 2022, exploited security holes were the leading cause of cyberattacks on Vietnam's key information technology networks.

According an analysis carried out by NCSC experts, there are many causes of security holes. In addition to the system faults, weak users and system administrators are also a way for wrongdoers to attack information systems.

"Each agency and organization must conduct periodic vulnerability scans and have a plan for responding to cyberattack incidents," NCSC experts said.

“In addition to monitoring and detecting early signs of cyberattacks, agencies, organizations, and businesses must pay more attention to public security information security assessment in order to avoid the risk of security vulnerability-related damage.

“Entities must incorporate self-assessments and the hiring of professional assessors into their routine operations."

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Linh To - T.Ha / Tuoi Tre News


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