Information security vulnerability at permanent risk, says minister

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 08:34

One-stop-shop of social insurance in Ha Noi. Along with the promotion of information and technology application and e-Government, information security is crucial. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI – Threats to information security are becoming more serious and may be used as a tool against the State to attack important infrastructure, freeze Governmental activities or destroy the economy.

Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy minister of information and communications, spoke about these risks during a meeting on Wednesday regarding the implementation of information security laws and initiatives to ensure e-Government information security.

Along with the promotion of information and technology (IT) application and e-Government, information security is also crucial, the deputy minister emphasised.

Security vulnerability poses a permanent risk to all countries and Viet Nam is no exception, Hung said, adding that the government must remain vigilant and undertake measures to prevent and handle those situations when they arise.

Previously, Hung stressed that IT applications in e-Government was an important goal to better serve people, businesses and society.

The government issued Resolution 36a on building e-Government in Viet Nam on October 14.

Hung said it was an important resolution that expresses a strong determination of the Vietnamese government in the application of IT and e-Government building.

As a state management agency in this field, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) issued a framework for Viet Nam's e-Government at ministries, agencies and localities.

In the past, the country's State and Party paid more attention to information security matters by issuing many related policies and schemes.

Most recently, the National Assembly adopted the Law of Information Security on November 19.

"We now have a powerful legal document to direct the sector's development," Hung said. "It is expected to meet the requirement of protecting the e-Government and critical information systems of the country in line with the Internet's development environment in Viet Nam and the world trends on information security."

Emphasising the importance of information security, Le Manh Ha, deputy head of the Government office and general secretary of the National Committee on IT Application, said the national system connectivity and inter-documents contain classified government information.

Therefore, if safety is not ensured, it will be "extremely" dangerous if information and data is lost, Ha said.

He added that it is important to mobilise all resources to protect information security, stressing that more mechanisms must be put into place to attract human resources and talent in the IT field.

Meanwhile, director of the Department of Information security Nguyen Thanh Hai said that establishing two decrees to guide the implementation of the law on information security is the top priority of the agency next year. – VNS

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