Press Release

ENISA launches new online campaign inviting citizens to be the “face” of European Security Month

ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency, is launching a campaign to advertise the upcoming pilot European Security Month for cyber security.

Published on May 02, 2012

The campaign invites citizens to help create the message “WE ARE European Security Month” by sending in pictures of their faces, which will be used as a montage to spell out the words “WE ARE….”. Each letter will contain approximately 100 photos, giving people the chance to show that they are committed to staying secure online. This photo-message, together with many others, will be used in advertisements and campaign material during the Security Month pilot, which takes place this October.

The deadline for submission of photos is 30th June 2012.

 Photos should be submitted through ENISA’s web site at The page also gives guidance on the pictures being asked for, and consent information for the use of pictures.

 The Executive Director of ENISA, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, comments: “With this campaign, we want to bring European Security Month to life, with images of citizens from all over Europe. IT security is very much about how people use technology. Helping citizens to be more aware of staying secure online is an important part of us all being able use the Internet without breaches of our personal cyber security.”

Professor Helmbrecht adds: “European Security Month is a fun and stimulating Europe-wide campaign. Consequently, we look forward to obtaining a strong commitment from the member states, as this is crucial for the initiative’s success. An effective European Security Month can help to reduce the number of cyber security incidents and breaches, and will help to increase consumers’ confidence in the security of the Internet, so contributing to a successful digital economy in Europe.


The European Security Month pilot will take place in October, promoting cyber security to citizens. To date, six European countries – Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, UK (Get Safe Online), Slovenia and Norway – have confirmed their participation. A diverse range of activities, such as TV and radio advertisements, social media campaigns, the distribution of educational packages and special events will be organised. The pilot will be evaluated to look at how future events may be planned. 

 ENISA’s   ‘European Month of Network and Information Security for All - A feasibility study’   examines a security month’s benefits and evaluates approximately 130 cyber security events in Europe and their success factors. The study was published at the end of 2011.

 The European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe, action point 32: “Strengthen the fight against cybercrime at international level” specifically looks towards a cyber security month.  

The EU Working Group on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime has identified the need for greater international cooperation in tackling cyber security and cyber crime (click to see EU press release [ref:MEMO/11/246 date 14/04/2011]).

For interviews or further details: Graeme Cooper, Head of Public Affairs, ENISA, [email protected], Mobile: +30 6948 460 143ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency, is launching a campaign to advertise the upcoming pilot European Security Month for cyber security. or Isabella Santa, Senior Expert, [email protected]  

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