ECSM is the EU’s annual awareness campaign that takes place each October across Europe. The aim is to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organizations; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.
European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is an EU awareness campaign that promotes cyber security among citizens and organizations about the importance of information security and highlighting the simple steps that can be taken to protect their data, whether personal, financial and/or professional.
The main goal being to raise awareness, change behaviour and provide resources to all about how to protect themselves online. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Commission DG CONNECT and Partners are deploying the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) every October.
The objectives of the European Cyber Security Month:
generate general awareness about cyber security, which is one of the priorities identified in the EU Cyber Security Strategy;
generate specific awareness on Network and Information Security (NIS), which is addressed in the proposed NIS Directive;
promote safer use of the Internet for all users;
build a strong track record to raise awareness through the ECSM;
involve relevant stakeholders;
increase national media interest through the European and global dimension of the project;
enhance attention and interest with regard to information security through political and media coordination.
Get involved! https://cybersecuritymonth.eu/
Watch animated video that describes in brief what ECSM it is about.
October Weekly Themes
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.
Week 1: Oct. 2-6
Theme: Cyber Security in Workplace
Targeting businesses, the aim of the theme is to raise awareness amongst company employees, IT professionals & senior management about threats such as Ransomware, Phishing, Malware and to provide general cyber “Hygiene” advice.
Week 2: Oct. 9-13
Theme: Governance, Privacy & Data Protection
Countdown to compliance: Ensure you're ready!!! The aim of this theme is to uncover how to prepare your organization for the new EU Directives and Regulations such as the NIS Directive and the GDPR.
Week 3: Oct. 16-20
Theme: Cyber Security in the Home
The aim of the theme is to raise awareness amongst general users of threats from IoT, online fraud / scams and provide guidance on how protect their home network and protect their online privacy.
Week 4: Oct. 23-27
Theme: Skills in Cyber Security
The theme seeks to support the young with gaining Cyber Security skills via training and education so as to grow the next generation of skilled Cyber Security professionals.
General message: Cyber security is a shared responsibility! STOP.THINK.CONNECT
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