PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2016 revealed that the number of recorded corporate cybercrime incidents in 2015 stood at 59 million. In Vietnam, VNCERT reported that there were 31.500 cyberattack attempts last year. The numbers of phishing attacks quadrupled and the number of  malware attacks nearly doubled compared to the year before.

In another remarkable incident at the end of last year, a commercial bank in Vietnam was targeted by international hackers in a failed theft of $1 million.

Robert Trong Tran (*)

The Vietnam Airlines (VNA) cyber incident was another warning shot, reminding us that we can never neglect cybersecurity. Robert Trong Tran, Director of Cybersecurity Services at PwC Vietnam, talked to VIR’s Hong Anh about the rising threat of cybercrimes for Vietnamese organisations in the near future.

As a cybersecurity expert with over 16 years of international experience, what are your thoughts concerning last week’s incident at VNA?

This incident once again confirmed the famous saying of John Chambers, one of the top brains in the world of technology: “There are two types of companies: those who have been hacked, and those who don’t yet know that they have been hacked.” I reckon that there will besimilar or even worse incidents in the future, given the lack of maturity of cybersecurity in Vietnam.

For more information, click PwC Vietnam NewsBrief – Prepare for successful cybercrimes – EN and PwC Vietnam NewsBrief – Prepare for successful cybercrimes – VN.


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