Information security on the cards

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Information security on the cards

(VOV) - 2011 is a pivotal year for implementing a government-approved project on building Vietnam into a powerful information technology nation, said Do Trung Ta, the Prime Minister's special envoy for information and communication technology.

Mr Ta, who is also former Minister of Post and Telecommunications (now the Ministry of Information and Communications), made the statement at the sixth Security World Conference and Expo (Security World 2011) which opened in Hanoi on April 5.

He also stressed that the Government of Vietnam has granted optimal investment in developing the application of information and communication technology (ICT) in all aspects of life. However, he said, Vietnam’s ICT sector is facing implicit threats for information security that need to be addressed as soon as possible.

Security World 2011 was jointly organised by the General Department of Logistics & Technology under the Ministry of Public Security, the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), the Ministry of Information and Communications and the International Data Group (IDG).

Participants at the two-day event discussed high-tech crime trends and a case study of the consequences of insecure information, to work out solutions to deal with information security problems.

They focused discussions on seeking effective security solutions and the best investments for businesses and organizations to help them optimize benefits from their security investments. New technology and security trends were also explored with advice from experts and leading technology corporations.

In Vietnam, many business enterprises are also faced with the creation and spread of many new types of virus and cyber attacks occurred with both mercenary and economic intent; even influencing national security and business activity. National websites are continuously attacked with increasing sophistication, a typical example is the Vietnamnet website being attacked and totally disabled by hackers last November. Internet crime via emails is increasing spreading in Vietnam, creating a need for a clear perception of the importance of network and information security.

Vietnam is making new policies, new directions to promote the development of information technology in general, and security in particular. According to Dr. Vu Quoc Khanh, director of VNCERT, 2011 is the first year of implementing national digital information security projects and dealing with security-related incidents.

Subjective, limited awareness, and lack of information security investment by enterprises and users make it likely that threats and security risks will increase.

Nguyen Viet The, Director of the IT Department under the General Department of Logistics & Technology, Ministry of Public Security, said that information security plays a vital role in business enterprises, especially as online transactions become more and more popular in Vietnam.

“In my opinion, instead of cutting the budget for security, we should invest in it more wisely,” he added.

Photo: Nguyen Viet The

Along with the Conference, an exhibition was also held to introduce software, equipment and the most advanced solution for preventing virus, spam, and spyware, storage and data management, managing and monitoring network security from the world’s leading companies such as TrendMicro, IBM, Lenovo and Oracle.

The event provided the opportunity for managers and executives working in the information security field to explore the most up-to-date security equipment and for security solutions companies to extend the relationships with local and international partners.

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