October is the annual European Cyber Security Month (ECSM). ECSM is an EU awareness campaign that aims to promote cyber security among citizens and organizations about the importance of information security and highlighting the simple steps that can be taken to protect data, whether personal, financial and/or professional. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Commission DG CONNECT and Partners are deploying the European Cyber Security Month every October aiming to raise awareness, change behavior and provide resources to all about how to protect themselves online. More information on how to get involved is available here.

The objectives of ECSM are:

  • to generate general awareness about cyber security;
  • generate specific awareness on Network and Information Security (NIS);
  • promote safer use of the Internet for all users;
  • build a strong track record to raise awareness through the ECSM;
  • involve stakeholders;
  • increase national media interest through the european and global dimension of the project;
  • enhance attention and interest with regards to information security through political and media coordination.

ECSM runs for the entire month of October, with each week focusing on a different topic. During each week, ENISA and its partners will be publishing reports, organising events and activities centred on each of these themes. Events will focus on training, strategy summits, general presentations to users, online quizzes, etc. The 1st and 2nd week of October (1-13/10), entitled as Cyber Hygiene, seeks to assist the public in establishing and maintaining daily routines, checks and general behaviour required to stay safe online. The 3rd and 4th week (14-31/10) entitled as Emerging Technology, aim to show that Emerging Technologies stay tech wise and safe with the latest emerging technologies.

Consider joining the campaign!