return icon

Businesses worry about ransomware in OT environment

A survey conducted by Fortinet and Frost & Sullivan found that 92 percent of businesses in Vietnam are very worried about ransomware in the operational technology (OT) environment.

A report on the cybersecurity situation in the field of OT 2022 was made based on a survey with 500 OT experts, including 50 in Vietnam.

The surveyors contacted personnel on leading positions in charge in OT and OT security, from managers to managing directors at high levels. The questioned officers represent the major fields using OT systems such as production, transport, logistics and healthcare.

The survey pointed out that 86 percent of organizations didn’t have the capability of displaying to make total control over their cybersecurity operations, which meant they could not recognize the danger in their networks.

Though hackers, malware and deceptive emails were the three leading attacks in the last year. Ransomware remained the biggest concern because of the effectiveness of the method, according to Nguyen Gia Duc, Vietnam Country Director of Fortinet.

A representative of Frost & Sullivan Vu Anh Tien stressed that the industrial control environment continues to be the target of cybercrimes, with 93 percent of surveyed institutions and enterprises globally and 96 percent of those with OT systems in Vietnam recording attacks and penetrations over the last 12 months.

OT activities that lack concentrated control capability increases security risks for businesses and organizations. Only 14 percent of business representatives in Vietnam said their units have the ability to centrally control all activities in the OT system; only 52 percent of organizations can monitor all OT activities from the security operations center, according to the survey.

OT security is gradually improving, but security holes still exist at many institutions. In Vietnam, 86 percent of organizations with 100 OT devices with IP attached face challenges using many OT tools, continuing to create holes in general security systems.

Fortinet’s experts recommend that organizations and businesses set up Zero Trust Access to deploy network access control and use solutions to provide display capability for concentrated control of OT activities. 

Van Anh


Central bank not tighten real estate credit: Deputy Governor

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has never issued any documents or statements ordering credit for real estate be tightened, Deputy Governor Dao Minh Tu said on February 8.

Vietnamese Prime Minister starts official visit to Singapore

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, his spouse, and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation arrived in Changi Airport on February 8 afternoon, starting a three-day official visit to Singapore.

Businesses discuss ways to overcome challenges in 2023

Warned that uncertainties will still exist in 2023, businesses need to prepare well to weather the storm.

Vietnam's bond market remains quiet this year

The scale of debt in the corporate bond market is less than 15 per cent of GDP.

Organ trafficking in Vietnam driven by high demand, low rate of donation: experts

A conference on organ donation registration and the prevention of human organ and tissue trafficking was held on Monday.

VCCI proposes allowing businesses to set fuel retail prices

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has written to the Government suggesting fuel retail prices be decided by businesses based on supply and demand to prevent fuel shortages.


Vietnam puts children at centre of development policies, strategies: Ambassador

Gov’t issues action plan to realize Hanoi’s development vision until 2045

The Government has issued an action plan to realize Politburo’s resolution on the objectives for Hanoi’s development until 2030, with a vision to 2045.

Commercial sidewalk use may be charged by HCMC authorities

HCMC is planning to allow the paid use of sidewalks for commercial purposes such as vending goods or parking if these business activities leave a space of at least 1.5 meters wide for pedestrians.

CAAV advises caution when buying air tickets

The Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV) has received feedback on the fact that passengers have to buy air tickets higher than the specified prices on domestic routes, especially during the peak of the Lunar New Year (Tet).

Prime Minister leaves Hanoi for official visits to Singapore, Brunei

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, his spouse and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam left Hanoi at noon on February 8 for official visits to Singapore and Brunei from February 8-11.

US war veteran wishing to return wartime diary to Vietnamese family

Pater Mathews, a US war veteran, has emailed relevant agencies of Ha Tinh province, central Vietnam, expressing his desire to fly to Vietnam and return a Vietnamese martyr’s diary he came across decades ago to the martyr’s family.


January payment transactions via national public service portal valued at 11.8 mln USD

Vietnam needs new products, services to reach tourism targets

To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

PM Chinh’s Singapore visit expected to advance bilateral trade ties

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s Singapore visit from February 8-10 aims to affirm the determination to elevate the bilateral economic ties to a new height in the context of many free trade agreement (FTAs) coming into force.