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18th Association of Anti-virus Asia Researchers International Conference Opens in Da Nang

More than 150 officials and experts on computer virus/malwares from 50 big security firms including Intel (McAfee), Symantec, Kaspersky, Microsoft, BitDefender, Huawei, Baidu… took part in the 18th Association of Anti-virus Asia Researchers International Conference (AVAR Viet Nam 2015), themed “The Age of Cyber Warfare”, held in Da Nang from 2 to 4 December.

Deputy Minister for Information and Communications of Viet Nam, Mr. Nguyen Minh Hong, delivering speech at the conference

 

Addressing the largest Asia Pacific conference on anti malware, Deputy Minister for Information and Communications of Viet Nam, Mr. Nguyen Minh Hong stressed the importance of information security to the development of all countries and organisations, especially with the increasing use of on-line transactions.  “The conference was an opportunity for Viet Nam to boost co-operation with international specialists in building a safe digital world.  It's also a chance for the world to understand the real development of Viet Nam," he added.

 

The participants discussed the situation of information security, protection of internet and computer users as well as warnings on cyber attacks; and targeted attack operations against the internet industry in Viet Nam.  In addition, inviting speakers presented research, case studies, defense strategies, exploits etc., focusing on malware analysis and hacking techniques associated with APTs and cybercrime at the event.

 

It is estimated that losses caused by cyber virus in the Asia Pacific in 2014 accounted for 230 billion USD, whilst cyber warfare has spurred arms races among countries’ national defence systems.  

 

A survey showed that Viet Nam ranked fifth among 10 countries at highest risk of having its information security breached in 2010.  According to a more recent survey of businesses by the association, 33 per cent said they had discovered network security attacks; 29 per cent were unaware their network had been attacked; and about 22 per cent responded that they did not understand the motivation behind the security attacks.

 

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