European Cyber Security Month kicks off throughout October

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) takes place throughout October to promote the importance of information security and highlight the simple steps that can be taken to protect personal, financial and professional data.

ECSM’s main goal is 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 deploy the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) every October.

This year’s campaign breaks down each week of October into different focusses. 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 and online quizzes.

Here’s what to expect throughout the month:

Week 1: Oct. 1-5
Practice Basic Cyber Hygiene
The theme seeks to assist the public in establishing and maintaining daily routines, checks and general behaviour required to stay safe online.

Week 2: Oct. 8-12
Expand your Digital Skills and Education
Transform your skills and security know how with the latest technologies.

Week 3: Oct. 15-19
Recognise Cyber Scams
The theme aims to educate the general public on how to identify deceiving content in order to keep both themselves and their finances safe online.

Week 4: Oct. 22-26
Emerging Technologies and Privacy 
Stay tech wise and safe with the latest emerging technologies.

ECSM is inviting public and private sector organisations concerned with network and information security to get involved in this year’s programme. Find out more at

PCR’s Sector Spotlight on Security – in association with BullGuard – is running throughout October – click here for more articles.

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