AmCham Urges Best Practices on Cybersecurity Policy

AmCham Urges Best Practices on Cybersecurity Policy

AmCham and the Vietnam Digital Communications Association co-hosted a workshop in Hanoi on March 29 that focused on how the Vietnamese government can approach cybersecurity policies based on international best practices, and how the government can utilize the expertise, experience and capabilities of the private sector to improve Vietnam’s cybersecurity posture.

Officials from the National Assembly, Ministry of Information and Communications, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Science and Technology participated, along with representatives of the private sector, business associations and foreign Embassies.

The keynote speaker at the workshop was Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook. Mr. Gleicher is an engineer and a lawyer, and works at the intersection of technology, policy, and law. He has taught computer programming, built and secured computer networks, prosecuted cybercrime at the US Department of Justice, and served as Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council in the White House. At the NSC, he developed US government policy on key technology and cybersecurity challenges, including encryption, cyber deterrence, internet governance, and network security.

Speaking to over 100 business representatives and government officials at the workshop, AmCham Executive Director Adam Sitkoff noted that AmCham strongly supports the Government’s objective of promoting the development of the Internet and digital economy in Vietnam while ensuring data security and the protection of Vietnamese Internet users. Sitkoff added that the US business community strongly supports Vietnam’s efforts to establish a legal framework on cybersecurity.

Representatives of the US business community also said that effective cybersecurity practices need to focus on limiting risk. Sitkoff noted that AmCham member companies operate around the world and have experience with dozens of national approaches aimed at addressing cyber risk. This background has afforded our members a sophisticated understanding of what makes for an effective national cybersecurity approach.

The AmCham Executive Director also stressed that companies in Vietnam need to take important steps to enhance their ability to detect, respond to, and mitigate cyber-attacks. At the same time, the government needs to develop responsible laws, policies, and governance structures as well.

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