In the past fortnight, several Vietnamese online newspapers such asvietnamnet.vn, dantri.com.vn and tuoitre.vn have been denieddistribution services after attacks known as Distributed Denial ofService (DDoS).
BKAV’s director of network security,Nguyen Minh Duc, said during one of the attacks, hackers controlled alarge number of computers to access a website at the same time, causingthe network bandwidth to overload.
“Solving this problemquickly or over time depends on individual computer systems. On average,a website can transfer 1GB data per one second,” Duc said.
“However, when a site is attacked, this capacity can reach up to 10GB data per second, which simply overloads the system.”
Duc said affected newspapers did not seem to be aware of the need fortechnical support from outside, adding that both Vietnam ‘s ComputerEmergency Response Teams (VNCERT) and BKAV had not received any requestsfor help from the newspapers so far.
More than half of local agencies, organisations and enterprises do not have their own information security staff.
Another 24 percent have to hire professional service providers to enhance information security.
A report produced by VNCERT unveiled high demand for information security training in Vietnam .
According to the survey, more than 83 percent of State agencies wantinformation-security training. Sixty percent said information securitypersonnel must possess professional certificates.
VNCERTis joining hands with the Vietnam Information Security Association(VNISA) to map out a framework for information security training.
In March, the Post and Telecom Institute of Technology (PTIT), becamethe first educational institution in Vietnam to have an informationsecurity faculty. This year, 150 students will be enrolled in the newfaculty, most of them high school and college graduates.
According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, Vietnam will need about 1 million IT experts by 2020.-VNA