High command proposed for Vietnam cyber security operations

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The Ministry of Public Security is preparing a proposal for establishing a high command for maintaining electronic and cyber security, local newspaper Lao Dong quoted an official as saying Thursday.

 

Nguyen Viet The, chief the ministry's computer knowledge department, said Vietnam needs to prepare for the eventuality of cyber wars.

 

He made the statement at a meeting on security for portals held Wednesday in Hanoi. 

 

Last month some 1,500 Vietnamese websites were reported to be attacked by foreign hackers. Experts attributed these partly to companies and organizations' poor awareness of the importance of Internet security.

 

Related agencies need to consider establishing a responsible agency with higher authority than the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), he told the meeting.

 

VNCERT is an agency under the Ministry of Information and Communications that assists local organizations and Internet users in implementing measures to reduce computer security risks.

 

Also at the meeting, The warned of a new unidentified virus which is almost immune to current anti-virus software, automatically sending all documents of infected computers to a foreign Internet Protocol (IP).

 

It poses the risk of losing secret and sensitive materials of Party and state agencies, the official said.

 

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