It’s Cyber Security Month!

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October once again sees the celebration of European Cyber Security Month (ECSM). This month promotes the importance of information security and highlights the simple steps that can be taken to protect data. The main goal is to raise awareness, change behaviour and provide resources so that all can protect themselves online.

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Commission DG CONNECT and partners are deploying European Cyber Security Month every October.


ECSM objectives

Have a look at the objectives for this year’s 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 about 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; and
  • enhance attention and interest with regard to information security through political and media coordination.

What’s happening this Cyber Security Month?

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 as well as organising events and activities centred on each of the above themes. Events will focus on training, strategy summits, general presentations to users, online quizzes, and so forth.

October 2019 Cyber Security Month themes

Weeks 1 & 2: October 1-13

Cyber Hygiene – This theme seeks to assist the public in establishing and maintaining the daily routines, checks and general behaviours required to stay safe online.


Weeks 3 & 4: October 14-31

Emerging Technology – Stay tech wise and safe with the latest emerging technologies.


Want to know more?

To learn more about cyber security and how your business can stay protected from threats, visit the Cyber Essentials Online website.