Online threats in Vietnam plummets

April 25, 2023 | 04:14 am GMT+7

There are positive changes in Viet Nam’s cybersecurity posture, according to the latest report by the global cybersecurity company Kaspersky.


Last year is the fifth consecutive year that Viet Nam witnessed a decrease in the number of cybersecurity incidents blocked by the global cybersecurity company.

The figures for web-borne threats as well as local incidents are also the lowest in the past half-decade, according to the latest data from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).

Specifically, Kaspersky detected and blocked a total of nearly 42 million different cyberthreats from the Internet on the computers of KSN participants in Viet Nam in 2022, a decrease of 34 per cent from 2021.

The percentage of Vietnamese users almost infected by web threats during this period was recorded at 37.6 per cent, ranking 49th globally and down 17 places compared to the preceding year.

Regarding malware-related dangers via removable USB drives, CDs, DVDs, and other offline methods, the figure in 2022 also decreased significantly compared to previous years, with a total of over 121.5 million local incidents detected and blocked by Kaspersky, a year-on-year decrease of 25.39 per cent.

The decrease in the number of cyberthreats can be attributed to various factors. Besides the Government's increased efforts to raise awareness and improve cybersecurity measures, Vietnamese users are now taking more proactive steps to protect themselves in the digital space by investing in antivirus software, regularly updating their devices, and practising safer online habits.

"We have seen that users in Viet Nam are more and more interested in security issues and are protecting their devices against possible cyberattacks. This is a positive sign that will contribute significantly to creating a safer digital environment in this country,” said Chris Connell, managing director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.

“However, it should also be noted that cybercriminals are constantly improving their attack techniques. They are becoming more creative especially in targeting consumers who use online banking, e-commerce, and more convenient digital technologies. As we move into 2023, users should continue to prioritize cybersecurity in their online activities, especially when sharing personal information and making financial transactions online," he said.