Vietnam tightens cybersecurity on digital platforms

August 21, 2021 | 14:12
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on August 18 issued Directive No.49/CT-BTTTT on the the safe and healthy development and application of digital platforms to tighten control over cybersecurity.
Vietnam tightens cybersecurity on digital platforms
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In order to promote the development and use of digital platforms in a safe and healthy manner to create confidence and ensure Vietnam’s cybersecurity, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung has asked owners of digital platforms and telecoms businesses to fulfil a number of key tasks.

Digital platform owners were asked to develop digital platforms that can protect themselves with the tools to remove information that is in contrary to local regulations on their digital platforms and ensure information security.

They must develop solutions to ensure the security of personal information, account information, messages, and transaction history of digital platform users. They cannot provide (and will have to accordingly stop providing) digital platform services for organisations and individuals posting illegal content.

They should have tools to allow users to report fake or illegal news while publishing the policies and process to support users in dealing with problems related to information security.

Meanwhile, telecoms operators were directed to establish or upgrade supervision and monitoring of network connectivity, network security, while sharing information, and database with the National Cyber Security Centre (Agency of Information Security).

They are also required to control and collaborate with authorised state agencies in preventing incidents and risks of network information security loss from the internet and users, while giving warnings to users about malicious codes and leaks of personal information and data, and preventing the sharing of information, and removing of violating information once asked by authorised state agencies.

The directive assigns units of the MIC to support digital platform and telecoms businesses to implement measures to ensure information security and dealing with incidents, while tightening management and supervision and dealing with any violations.

According to the MIC, over the past time, digital platforms have played an important role in national digital transformation, enabling the country to develop digital economy and digital society. However, information and data leaks on digital platforms still happen with larger scale. Fake or illegal news, especially on cross-border digital platforms remain huge, causing negative impacts on the economy and society security.

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