Cyber security drill held

December 20, 2018 1:00 PM GMT+7

VGP - One hundred computer emergency response teams from across Viet Nam are taking part in the largest-scale ever cyber security drill, which runs in Ha Noi , Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

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The event, co-organized by the Authority of Information Security and the Viet Nam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT).

The drill updates public technicians on the solutions to prevent and counter advanced persistent threats (APT), while equipping them with the skills and knowledge to prepare for real-life attacks to important national information infrastructure.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung said he expects participating teams will continue joining hands to build a safe and trustful cyberspace.

According to Nguyen Khac Lich, deputy head of the VNCERT,  stimulation drills in recent years showed limitations when it comes to concerning dangerous and complex APT attacks.

At this year’s event, VNCERT, for the first time, has launched a new model where participants can practice both defence and attack skills in selected working data. They are not allowed to destroy or shutdown the data, or cause information leaks.

Viet Nam has so far this year recorded nearly 400 million cyber-security-related events. There were 9,344 cyber-attacks, including 2,499 phishing, 5,018 deface and 1,764 malware attacks, according to the VNCERT.

Statistics show that more than 27% of the attacks targeted government institutions, followed by those hitting banking and financial institutions and telecommunication firms with a large customer database.

First appearing at the end of 2010, APT attacks, in which a person or group gains unauthorised access to a network and remains undetected for an extended period, are one of the top threats to information security. 

The program runs until December 21.

By Vien Nhu