Many Vietnam firms use outdated cybersecurity technology

January 10, 2022 | 11:00 am GMT+7

Experts from Cisco said that companies in Vietnam need to refresh their network security infrastructure technologies and solutions as many businesses are using outdated systems.


Cisco recently released the "Security Outcomes Study, Vol 2," based on a global survey of more than 5,100 security experts in 27 countries, including more than 2,000 from 13 markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Among the participants were experts and employees working at companies in Vietnam, who shared opinions about methods of updating and integrating security architecture, and detecting and responding to threats and the ability to withstand attacks.

According to the report, 31% of cybersecurity technology that Vietnamese businesses use is considered outdated by security experts working at these organizations.

Around 43% of survey respondents from Vietnam rated the network security infrastructure at their company as quite complex. The good news, however, is that companies in Vietnam are finding ways to address this issue by investing in modern cybersecurity technologies and approaches and working to improve their cybersecurity situation.

Organizations are facing many challenges, such as the complexity of connecting users to applications and data across multiple cloud platforms, inconsistent security policies between different locations and networks, difficulty in verifying the identities of users and devices, and lack of end-to-end visibility in security infrastructure. The Secure Access Service Edge is considered an effective way to address these challenges.

According to Cisco, 92% of respondents said their company is investing in SASE. Some 44% said their company is making progress applying this architecture and 38% said their business is at the peak stage of implementing SASE.

Meanwhile, Zero-Trust is a concept that verifies the identity of each user and device each time they access the organization's network in order to reduce security risks. Research from Cisco shows that 96% of survey respondents in Vietnam said that businesses where they work are investing in the "Zero Trust" strategy; 45% said their organization is seeing solid results using this strategy; and 52% said they are planning to implement it.

Kerry Singleton, Managing Director, Cybersecurity Division, Cisco Asia-Pacific, Japan, China, said that enterprises, including those in Vietnam, have noticed a major change in operating patterns, largely due to the pandemic.