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MIC enhances network security

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The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has launched the “Review and remove malware nationwide in 2020” campaign to enhance the country’s network security.

The campaign aims to reduce the malicious code infection rate by 50 percent. It also aims to cut the number of Vietnamese IP addresses in 10 popular botnets – a collection of internet-connected devices infected by malware that allow hackers to control them – in half. It would also take Vietnam out of reports on malware infection rates.

MIC enhances network security

The National Digital Transformation Programme, approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in early June 2020, says ensuring network safety and security is key to digital transformation. All IT equipment, products, software, information systems and investment projects have mandatory components on network safety and security.

The ministry has clarified cyber safety and security a prerequisite for e-government development and digital transformation.

However, according to security firms, malware infection in Vietnam has decreased but still remained high compared to other countries. Statistics showed that Vietnam has about 16 million IPv4 addresses, of which about 3 million IP addresses are regularly blacklisted by many international organisations, while 2 million IP addresses are regularly found in botnets.

The campaign will allow people to use malware prevention software for free via https://khonggianmang.vn.

It will also contribute to improving the country’s reliability in e-transactions, thus promoting socio-economic development and contribute to ensuring national defence and security.

The campaign will assess 10 major botnets that need to be treated with priority, build and deploy tools on a large scale, whereby users get free downloads to inspect and remove malicious code from their computers.

It has been implemented in all provinces and cities from the local to the central level, through specialised IT units of ministries, branches and localities, State groups and corporations, commercial banks and financial institutions.

In addition, it has also received support from organisations, corporations and major security firms.

The campaign has been implemented gradually. The ministry hopes to achieve positive results, contributing to clean malware from Vietnam’s cyberspace. This will help ensure safety for transactions of agencies and enterprises, as the country is accelerating digital transformation towards the development of digital government, digital economy and digital society, it added.

VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/mic-enhances-network-security-675185.html

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Digital technology applied to all fields in smart cities

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Smart City Summit 2020, the fourth conference discussing the development of smart urban areas, was held several days ago with 1,000 participants on online platforms from 27 points throughout the country.

Analysts said the event organized under the sponsorship by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) shows the strong commitments of the business community to work with the government to promote smart cities in Vietnam.

Digital technology applied to all fields in smart cities

According to Nguyen Huy Dung, MIC Deputy Minister, the plan on developing sustainable smart cities in 2018-2025 approved by the Prime Minister in August 2018 includes the principles in organizing smart cities in Vietnam and sets key tasks for each period to be implemented.

At the same time, the national digital transformation program by 2025 approved by the Prime Minister in June 2020 sets a dual goal of both developing digital government, digital economy and digital society, and forming Vietnamese digital technology firms capable of competing globally.

Dung said developing smart cities includes digital government, economy and society.

Smart cities are the places that experiment with new services, new models and new policies by using new digital technologies, based on the urban development planning and the burning issues of each city.

MIC has joined forces with ministries and branches, local authorities and international agencies to work with associations and the community to promote the development of smart cities.

The ministry has released the ICT (information and communication technology) reference framework for smart city development, which serves as the basis for localities to build their ICT architecture and deploy digital infrastructure for local smart city development.

Dung said ICT platforms and digital technology are the foundation for the implementation of smart city services.

“Digital technology has been squeezing into every aspect of smart cities and directly contributing to heightening urban area management and development efficiency,” Dung said.

Vietnam has been building smart cities with the development of 3 out of 26 smart cities of the ASEAN smart city network since 2018. Nearly 40 localities in Vietnam are building smart city models.

Tran Quoc Thai from the Ministry of Construction said the development of smart cities in the immediate time will focus on nine major tasks, including the building of a legal framework and basis for smart city assessment; establishing, maintaining and operating the database of connectable digitized urban space database; and researching to apply and develop sustainable smart cities. 

Trong Dat

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/digital-technology-applied-to-all-fields-in-smart-cities-692682.html

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Vietnam promotes preservation of wetland protected areas

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the UNDP organised the closing workshop of the project titled “Conservation of Critical Wetland Protected Areas and Linked Landscapes” in Hanoi on November 26.

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The wetland area in Thua Thien-Hue (Photo: zing.vn)

The project, which was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNDP, was implemented from 2015 to 2020 with the two objectives of establishing new wetland protected areas and minimising the existing and emerging threats from linked landscapes by strengthening capacity to effectively manage protected areas.

It was implemented by the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) in coordination with the Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) under the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) and the DONREs of Thai Binh and Thua Thien-Hue.

Over its five years of implementation, the project has achieved major outcomes according to its set objectives, including: establishing two new wetland protected areas (WPA), Thai Thuy WPA in Thai Binh and Tam Giang – Cau Hai WPA in Thua Thien-Hue; building and issuing policies on wetland management and conservation; supporting to integrate wetland conservation and management into main plans of the two provinces; developing livelihood for communities in Thai Binh and Thua Thien-Hue; and raising awareness and capacity building in conservation, management, and sustainable use of wetlands at the national and provincial levels.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan said despite challenges, the two wetland protected areas were established in the two provinces, demonstrating the harmony between socio-economic development goals and nature conservation, biodiversity and environmental protection.

The two WPAs in Thai Thuy, Thai Binh province, and Tam Giang – Cau Hai, Thua Thien-Hue province, are the first WPAs to be established under the provisions of the 2008 Law on Biodiversity. The promulgation of the Government’s Decree No. 66/2019/ND-CP dated July 29, 2019 on the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and its guiding documents have contributed to fulfil Vietnam’s legal framework for wetland management and enhance the efficient management of WPAs in the face of development pressures and the increasingly severe global impacts of climate change.

“As this project closes, the momentum for the protection and sustainable use of wetlands must continue and collaboration among all stakeholders must be enhanced. We count on the leadership of MoNRE to mobilise financial resources from both the public and private sector to ensure adequate resources for the efficient protection and management of wetlands,” highlighted Ms. Sitara Syed, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Vietnam.

More than 70 delegates attended the workshop, including representatives from MoNRE, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, UNDP, line agencies in Thai Binh and Thua Thien-Hue provinces (Departments of Natural Resources and Environment [DONRE]), Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Management Board of Wetland Protected Areas in Thai Binh, and the Management Coordination Board of Integrated Coastal Areas in Thua Thien – Hue, as well as international organisations, experts, universities, and research institutes./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/vietnam-promotes-preservation-of-wetland-protected-areas-693002.html

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Online games from China rule the roost in Vietnam

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Distributed directly to Vietnam through Apple Store and Google Play, Chinese online games are flooding the domestic market.

Previously it was difficult for Chinese businesses to distribute games to Vietnam as they had to set servers here, and the distribution was affected by the transmission line quality and language barriers. And they had to make payments.

Online games from China rule the roost in Vietnam

But nowadays, they can easily distribute games to Vietnam through app stores. They provide versions in Vietnamese to make it easier for gamers to play.

With servers in clouds and the transmission line quality improved, gamers in Vietnam do not face obstacles to access the games from China.

Both Apple and Google support the payment for the games uploaded to their stores, so Chinese businesses don’t have worries about payment. Vietnamese gamers now can hand in money to pay games, and the money goes directly to game distribution companies in China.

Many games have been distributed directly, such as Genshin Impact of miHoyo Limited, Illusion Connect of Superprism, Three Kingdoms: Globar War of ZBJoy Games, Wannabe Chanllengae of Com2uSz, and Raid: Shadow Legends of Plarium Global..

Genshin Impact is one of the games with the highest revenue at this moment.

Analysts believe that Chinese businesses can easily distribute games in Vietnam because Vietnamese businesses lend a hand to them.

With a number of domestic e-wallets linking direct payment with App Store or Google Play, domestic users can easily buy online games as well as in-game items.

The payment is very simple. One just needs to use smartphones to make payment and money will be deducted from their e-wallet or pre-paid/post paid subscriber accounts.

Chinese games are also supported by Upay with payments. At Upay’s payment portal integrated into games, including Genshin Impact, Vietnamese users can pay for games with telecom scratch cards, GATE or Zing cards in addition to payment with credit cards.

VietNamNet reporters tried to hand in money for Genshin Impact through the cards integrated into the game, and the transactions via upay365.com were reported successful.

Sources said that the owner of Upay invited Chinese businesses to join their payment channel and committed that all payments will succeed.

Vietnamese game firms have expressed concern over the easy penetration of Chinese games into the domestic market.

While they have to bear strict management from state agencies and observe regulations, Chinese games do not have to ask for permission, do not have to have their content approved, and do not have to set servers in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the state has failed to collect tax from these Chinese games as money goes directly to Chinese game companies or distributors.

In fact, the problem has existed for many years and many Vietnamese game firms have to leave the market because they cannot compete with the imports. 

Phuong Nguyen

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/online-games-from-china-rule-the-roost-in-vietnam-691189.html

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