Vietnam sorely in need to improve internet network security

Although Vietnam is among the highest in terms of the number of internet users in Asia, it ranks the 101st out of 193 countries in the ability to ensure network security.

The workshop on research on digital literacy and digital safety initiatives in Vietnam was held today

This information was released today at the workshop on research on digital literacy and digital safety initiatives in Vietnam.

According to the Telecommunications Authority of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Vietnam ranked 16th among the top 20 countries with the highest number of internet users in Asia. However, Vietnam has a long way to go to ensure network security, according to International Telecommunication Union’s report on the Global Network Security Index, ranking Vietnam 101st out of 193 countries.

Some 53 per cent of Vietnamese use the internet, mostly young people. Vietnam also ranks seventh among all countries in the number of Facebook users, with a total of 64 million users logging in every month.

Nguyen Thu Hue, director of the Vietnet Information Technology and Communication Center or Vietnet-ICT, a Vietnamese non-profit non-governmental organisation working in the areas of information technology and communication, said, "As a social organisation working to narrow the digital divide in Vietnam, Vietnet-ICT undertook the research with the goal of sparking greater public awareness on the topic of digital citizenship, starting with basic concepts and practical initiatives. Building on this, we can work together to identify gaps that need to be filled.”

At the beginning of 2017, the Symposium on Digital Citizenship and Safer Internet Day 2017 was held in Hanoi with the aim to discuss issues, policies, and practical activities related to internet safety in Vietnam and to build a programme to raise awareness about the need for safety behaviours when using the internet.

As a continuation of the symposium, the workshop held today was organised as part of the collaboration on internet safety initiatives between Vietnet-ICT and the Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development. The event was also supported by the Authority of Information Security of the Ministry of Information and Communications, and the Vietnam Internet Association.

 

 

By Phuong Thu