As the digital landscape continues to evolve, cyber security has become a crucial aspect of economic growth and prosperity for countries worldwide.

Vietnam’s rapidly expanding digital ecosystem offers numerous opportunities and exposes organisations to a myriad of cyber threats. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam encounter various challenges that concern cyber security. However, this highlights the ongoing and potential collaborative efforts between Australia and Vietnam in addressing these cyber security challenges.

The Australia Vietnam Policy Institute (AVPI) together with the RMIT Centre for Cybersecurity Research and Innovation (CCSRI) has released this policy briefing outlining the current cyber security landscape in Vietnam, ways of enhancing cyber security awareness and developing cyber resilience. Supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), this policy brief offers recommendations and insights for improving these enterprises’ cyber security awareness and capacity building.

Key takeaways

  • Increasing cyber security across Southeast Asia is crucial for the region’s future economic growth, security and stability of our shared region.
  • Focusing on enhancing cyber resilience for SMEs in Vietnam is vital to ensure the sustainability and development of the nation’s digital economy and strengthen the Australia-Vietnam relationship
  • Tailored cyber security solutions and training programs should be developed and it is beneficial to partner with government and industry associations to organise workshops, train-the-trainer programs and resource portals.
  • By fostering international partnerships, we can bring together stakeholders and resources worldwide to enhance cyber security awareness and capacity building for Vietnamese SMEs.

A comprehensive approach that raises awareness, builds capacity, and fosters collaboration among stakeholders is essential. We look forward to activating this Policy Briefing at a roundtable later this year.


Publication Date
Monday 11th December, 2023
Your Authors
The Centre for Cyber Security Research & Innovation
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
Nicola Gibbs
Director, Pluri