Vietnam, Israel seek cooperation in cyber security

Representatives of Vietnamese and Israeli businesses shared their experience in cyber security at a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on July 30.

At the workshop (Source: VNA)
At the workshop (Source: VNA)

In Vietnam, around 27% of recent cyber-attacks targeted the country’s key sectors, namely telecommunications and banking. Vietnam is also among the countries worldwide that suffers from a high number of attacks on industrial infrastructure, with over 735,000 computers infected with malicious codes during the first five months of 2018, heard the workshop.

According to Ngo Vi Dong, Vice President of the Vietnam Information Security Association, information security and safety in Vietnam has been improved, however, potential risks remain, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Yaniv Tessel, head of the Economic and Trade Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam, said businesses, particularly larger operations, need to be ahead of the game with cyber security and information safety.

The participating Israeli firms are ready to cooperate with Vietnam in cyber security activities, he said.

Israel is the world’s second largest exporter of cyber security technologies, following the US. The country now has 300 companies operating in the field of cyber security.

Ruth Shoham, Executive Director of the Capacity Building Division at the Israel National Cyber Directorate, said Israel and Israeli businesses have paid close attention to cyber security development.

At the workshop, Vietnamese and Israel’s leading IT firms – namely CyberArk, Beyond Security, Claroty, Cyberbit, Ericom, and Skybox Security – sought ways to cooperate in the sphere in the near future.