Vietnam joins ASEAN drill against cyber threats

Monday, 2017-09-11 16:29:09
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NDO - The Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) participated in an ASEAN-wide drill against cyber threats arising from a lack of verification and poor access management.

Vietnam’s participating teams are located in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, under the coordination of VNCERT.

The ASEAN drill witnessed the participation of not only computer emergency response teams from Southeast Asia but also teams from India, Japan, Australia and the Republic of Korea.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung stated that the organisation of international drills presents an opportunity for Vietnamese computer scientists to hone their skills and gain expertise in the field.

According to technology experts, holes in verification and access management are the two most popular vulnerabilities exploited by cyber-attacks.

A VNCERT report suggests that the state of information security in Vietnam’s cyber space remains complicated, with VNCERT detecting 1,762 phishing incidents and 4,595 malware attacks as of September 8.

During the WannaCry attacks, VNCERT issued warnings and asked institutions and individuals to patch holes in their systems three weeks in advance, while also participating directly in preventing the spread of this malware.

However, there remain approximately 4,400 workstations and 200 servers in Vietnam which are still not updated with new patches.