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Few aware of cybersecurity issues

Released at: 15:47, 09/12/2015

Few aware of cybersecurity issues

ESET Vietnam Cyber-Savviness Report 2015 reveals low awareness in Vietnam of potential for cyber attacks.

by Hoai An

Vietnam has the lowest levels of cybersecurity awareness of six other Asia-Pacific countries, according to the ESET Vietnam Cyber-Savviness Report 2015 prepared by ESET, a global pioneer in proactive protection.

The survey polled 500 respondents in Vietnam to gain insights into attitudes, knowledge, and user behavior relating to cybersecurity. The findings were released at the 18th Association of Anti-Virus Researchers International Conference 2015, held recently in central Da Nang city.

Cyber-savviness is based on factors such as users’ knowledge or ability to understand activities that are likely to make them vulnerable online, risky behavior while surfing the web, and the proactive steps they can take to protect themselves online. 

Vietnam has low cyber security awareness and respondents do not take adequate preventive measures, the survey found, which could make them vulnerable to cyber threats. Eighty-seven per cent of users in the country worry about online threats while only 32 percent take the right steps to protect themselves.

“The ESET Vietnam Cyber-Savviness Report 2015 highlights that although internet users in Vietnam know certain actions can put them at risk or make them more vulnerable when online, it is not enough to stop them from making these mistakes,” said Mr. Parvinder Walia, Sales and Marketing Director of ESET Asia-Pacific.

“If users don’t take it upon themselves to ensure that they’re adequately protected they might unwittingly become the victim of a cyber-attack,” he said.

Vietnam came last in terms of cyber-savviness, behind Malaysia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Hong Kong (China) and Indonesia. 

Key survey results show that the majority of Vietnamese internet users have misconceptions about common cybersecurity issues, with people being unable to correctly answer questions such as the dangers of using free public wi-fi (59 per cent think it’s safe) and creating passwords using personal details (70 per cent think it’s safe). 

Sixty-two per cent of users also believe in the myth that a personal computer is more likely to be hacked than a mobile device, further highlighting a lack of awareness. 

Users in Vietnam worry most about the safety of sensitive information on their personal devices and protecting their devices from viruses. 

Worryingly, only around 30 per cent of users surveyed recognized the serious risks posed by common threats such as unsecured applications, spam emails, and banner advertisements, highlighting another serious knowledge gap that could be making them vulnerable to attack.

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