European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is a European Union awareness campaign that takes place in October. ECSM aims to promote cyber security among citizens, to change their perception of cyber-threats and provide up to date security information, through education and sharing good practices.
In 2013 ENISA continues to work together with the Member States and the Commission to further develop the European Cyber-Security Month. The approach this year will be to widen the number of participating Member States, to ensure sufficient focus on a number of key themes and to profile the event as a joint EU campaign with global outreach.
ENISA seeks to increase the involvement of the private sector in this initiative by working through industry representation bodies to make full use of material that has been developed already and to build upon this material when necessary.
In 2012, a European Cyber Security Month took place as a pilot project across Europe. As pilot countries 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 consult the specific page.
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. The Agency was involved in assessing the establishment and organisation of a ECSM. For the first time, during October 2012, a ECSM took place as a pilot project across Europe.