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European Cybersecurity Month: Test your Skills with a Quiz

The second theme of the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM): “Cyber First Aid” is launched today and introduces guidelines in case one falls victim of a cyberattacks.

Published on October 15, 2021

The new ECSM Quiz goes live today. The game will guide players through mock adventures with IT, testing their skills on everyday online actions, such as replying to an email, which could have hidden traps. Everyone is welcome to play. After each quiz, players will learn about the risks and the traps to avoid. The aim of the quiz is to increase cyber hygiene among players, encouraging them to stay vigilant and #ThinkB4UClick.

Take the ECSM Quiz

The ‘Cyber First Aid’ theme running from today until 31 October, will introduce guidelines on how to deal with a cyberattack. Citizens will be able to access an interactive EU map to find local services they can contact and get advice from in case they fall victim of online shopping frauds, identity theft or social media hacks. In addition, they will also be able to register to interactive events on the ECSM platform and access videos and tips.

Covering topics such as online shopping fraud and social media hacks, organisers will showcase first aid resources for the most common cyber threats. ‘Cyber First Aid’ will kick off with a video on the real life story of a small business owner who experienced a ransomware attack and came out on top

Cyber First Aid’ includes key advice for online users:

  • #ThinkB4UClick: When receiving a message that appears to be from a social media provider, check the source of the email address first;
  • Secure online accounts with a multi-factor authentication (MFA) and with strong, unique passwords;
  • In the case of a cyberattack, immediately inform the social media provider(s) and report it to the relevant local authorities, find local resources using the interactive map;
  • Never pay ransom to cyber criminals, as there is no guarantee they will give in and paying ransom only encourages them to continue their criminal activity towards others.

Learn more about ‘Cyber First Aid’ and view the video at cybersecuritymonth.eu/cyber-first-aid-2021

This year’s ECSM campaign started with theme one, ‘Being Cyber Secure From Home’, which addressed the COVID-19-led increase in the use of digital technologies by promoting tips on how to remain cyber secure when communicating, working or studying online from home. During the first two weeks of October 2021, ECSM organisers and supporters introduced videos, infographics and events across Europe, and beyond – all about staying secure online in the home.

Learn more about ‘Being Cyber Secure from Home’ at cybersecuritymonth.eu/be-cyber-secure-at-home

About the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM)

The European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) is the European Union’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among citizens and organisations, and to providing up-to-date digital security information through awareness raising and the sharing of good practices.

Each year, for the entire month of October, hundreds of activities take place across Europe, including conferences, workshops, trainings, webinars, presentations, online quizzes and more, to provide resources for citizens to learn more about protecting themselves online.

The ECSM is coordinated by ENISA and supported by the European Commission, Europol, the European Central Bank and EU Member States, EFTA countries, and more than 300 partners (governments, universities, think tanks, NGOs, professional associations, private sector businesses) from Europe.

The European Cybersecurity Month was first launched in 2012. The campaign is now part of the actions designed to implement the provisions of the EU Cybersecurity Act on awareness raising and education. The Act mandates the EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) to organise regular outreach campaigns in cooperation with Member States, and EU Institutions, bodies, offices and other agencies. The ECSM is one of the areas in which ENISA assists Member States in their efforts to raise cybersecurity awareness and promote cybersecurity education across the Union.

Get involved online

The ECSM 2021 campaign continues with the same slogan used last year, ‘Think Before U Click!’ with hashtag #ThinkB4UClick. The general tagline, ‘Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility’ also still applies in 2021.

Follow the ECSM campaign on Twitter @CyberSecMonth with hashtags #CyberSecMonth and #ThinkB4Uclick, and on Facebook @CyberSecMonthEU.

More information on the ECSM can be found at cybersecuritymonth.eu.

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