The number of detections of web threats in Vietnam fell by more than 30
per cent last year compared to 2018, with 75 million different Internet-borne
cyberthreats, according to Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) 2019.
With 40 percent of users almost infected by web-borne threats last year, Vietnam
ranked 17th worldwide in the dangers associated with surfing. Singapore
has the lowest number of web threats with nearly 4.7 million which is in
156th place globally, it said.
Kaspersky’s latest data shows that the number of local threats in Vietnam for
2019 has dropped 10 percent compared to 2018, which puts it in sixth place
worldwide, a significant drop from its second place in 2018.
According to the cyber-security company Kaspersky, the top five attack vectors
of web threats in Southeast Asia are malware in web traffic, which is found
during browsing scenarios when user visits infect sites or
online-advertisement performs unfair actions; unintentional downloads of
certain programmes (or files) from the Internet; downloading of malicious
attachments from online e-mail services; browser extensions activity; and downloads
of malicious components or communications with control and command, performed
by other malware.
Data from KSN also indicated that threat sources in Vietnam went down to 2.68
million incidents last year from 5.3 million incidents in 2018. This ranks Vietnam
in 30th place worldwide compared to Indonesia (32nd), the Philippines
(37th), Thailand (38th), Malaysia
(40th), and Singapore (10th).
Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, said: “Last
year Vietnam saw significant improvements in its cybersecurity landscape.
We have to commend the active efforts exerted by the Government, which
definitely increased awareness of the public and required businesses to beef up
“While it is undoubtedly a success for everyone in Vietnam, we should still
keep our guard up as cybercriminals will surely try to earn and infect as
much as they can.”
He said with the process of digitisation taking place in many businesses, the
awareness of the importance of cybersecurity in 2020 is going to increase, both
for individuals and organisations. Alongside the technological advancements
such as the implementation of 5G and Industry 4.0, attacks will be more complex
“Enterprises and organisations in Vietnam should pay more attention to the
importance of threat intelligence for all industries, which can help further
boost their defences against sophisticated cyber-attacks,” he added./.