Vietnam information security could be threatened without more investment: expert

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Vietnam's information security will be at grave risk if it does not invest more in it, an information technology expert warned at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City Friday.

Trinh Ngoc Minh, vice chairman of the southern branch of the Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA), released a survey done by his association that revealed that nearly half of businesses in the country have no contingency plans for information security problems.

VNISA had surveyed more than 200 of its members.

US tech giant Microsoft has reported that more than 2,500 Vietnamese websites were attacked this year, 300 more than in 2011.

They included websites of not only businesses and government agencies but even those of security companies, Minh told the conference hosted by VNISA and the city Department of Information and Communication.

It is also estimated that 18.1 out of 1,000 computers in the country have malware, a rate almost unchanged from previous years, he said.

It is imperative to have competent warning systems and human resources to ensure information security instead of waiting to respond after attacks occur, he stressed.

The conference was one of several events to mark Vietnam Information Security Day 2012 (November 23). 

Other events will include a competition for university students and a two-day training on information security by experts from Japan and Australia on November 20-21.

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Initiated four years ago, the annual event is organized by VNISA and the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team with support from the Ministry of Information and Communication.

Google also supported this year's event .

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