In 2011, ENISA was asked to assess the feasibility and explore various options on how a European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) could become an effective instrument to raising awareness about NIS challenges. To this end, the Agency was involved in assessing the establishment and organisation of a ECSM. For the first time, last October 2012, a ECSM took place as a pilot project across Europe.
This concept was inspired by similar projects that were held successfully in other places of the world for some years now. The particularities of the European territory compared to other areas in the world suggest that a significant amount of effort will be required in order for this idea to deliver its full potential across Europe. To this effect, one of the most critical elements for the success of this activity would be to develop an effective structure and coordination scheme among participating entities.
To this end, ENISA was asked to carry out a feasibility study by examining the possible implementation of such a campaign in addition to an overview of the prevailing elements of security days/weeks organised at national level across Europe.
This project was in line with the Awareness Raising workstream of the EU-U.S. Working Group on Cyber-security and Cyber-crime established in the context of the EU-U.S. Summit of 20 November 2010 held in Lisbon.
In 2012, a European Cyber Security Month took place as a pilot project across Europe. In this first year, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom participated in various activities and events throughout October 2012, to raise awareness of cyber security. This project was supported by ENISA and the European Commission.
To read the synthesis of the results of the first ECSM, please click on the above link.
To read more on the National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign - Stop.Think. Connect. - organised in the United States and the National Cyber Security Awareness Week organised in Australia, please click on the above links.