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Over 530 cyber-activities during fifth edition of European Cyber Security Month

Published on November 17, 2017

The 2017 European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) has ended. This was the fifth consecutive edition of the awareness campaign put together by the EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA, the EU Commission’s DG CONNECT and their partners.

Just like last year, ENISA also partnered up with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre EC3 to promote cybersecurity awareness and education.

During the month of October, some 530 activities such as conferences, workshops, seminars and online courses took place across Europe, an increase of over 15% from the previous year, to help make the internet a safer place for us all.

The ECSM keystone event was held under the Estonian Presidency at Tallinn University of Technology, at the end of September. The event was co-organized by ENISA and the Estonian Information System Authority.

The panel discussions centred around the themes of the month and the role of awareness raising within each of the topics. The group of panellists included esteemed cybersecurity experts from ADP, APWG, BHC Laboratory, CERT Estonia, CERT Latvia, CISCO, European Banking Federation, Europol’s EC3, Hytrust, Intel, Tallinn University of Technology, and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

This year’s campaign highlighted the following themes:

Week 1: Cybersecurity in the workplace – cyber-hygiene practices for SMEs

Week 2: Governance, Privacy and Data Protection – preparation for EU’s General Data Protection Regulation

Week 3: Cybersecurity in the home – threats related to Internet of Things

Week 4: Skills in cybersecurity – educating and growing the cybersecurity workforce

Although ECSM 2017 has ended, the need for cybersecurity awareness continues. ECSM works continuously to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Visit to learn more about how to protect yourself online.

Background information:

The European Cyber Security Month is organised by ENISA, the European Commission and over 300 partners (local authorities, governments, universities, think tanks, NGOs, professional associations) from all over Europe.

This year’s edition of ECSM ran for the entire month of October, and each week focused on a different topic. Throughout the month, ENISA and its partners published reports and organised events and activities centred on each of these themes. Events focused on training, strategy summits, general presentations to users, online quizzes, etc.

A campaign was run on Twitter and its motto was "Cyber security is a shared responsibility – Stop. Think. Connect."

Related sources:

Twitter handle and hashtags: @CyberSecMonth, #CyberSecMonth, #OctoberNIS

Digital Single Market Strategy

Cybersecurity in the DSM

ECSM short video clips (2017)

European Cyber Security Month Video (2016)

European Cyber Security Challenge

For press enquiries on the European Cyber Security Month, please contact



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