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#SaferInternetDay: Be the change - Unite for a better internet

Get involved! Today is #SaferInternetDay and ENISA joins and promotes the safe use of internet.

Published on February 07, 2017

Find out what is happening in your country by checking Safer Internet Day website.

Follow the activities on twitter #SID2017 #SaferInternetDay

For online resources visit and check the European Commission's activities on Better Internet for Kids and Information by the EC.


Furthermore, on the occasion of the day, ENISA issues its new studies on privacy and security in personal data clouds, cyber hygiene practices and a report on the deployment of the 2016 European Cyber Security Month. To find out more in specific areas of interest go through ENISA’s reports and training material.

Privacy and Security in Personal Data Clouds

Data clouds conceptUnder its 2016 work programme, a new study on privacy and security in Personal Data Clouds, also known as Personal Data Vaults or Personal Data Stores, aims to identify the different architectures and components of PDCs and lay out their privacy and security challenges.

Personal data clouds (PDCs) aim to provide end-users the typical data collection and storage capabilities of data management systems, and also to help end-users regain control over their data. PDCs are ideally embedded by privacy-enhancing elements allowing users to determine on their own how they want their data to be managed - in and outside of the solution - and with whom these should be shared.

The study presents a “state of the art” analysis of the security and privacy features of PDCs based on an empirical analysis of various applications that fall under or are close to the definition of PDCs. The report assesses to what extent current PDC solutions - either available on the market or in a research and development phase - are supported by functionalities that enhance the level of security and privacy offered, by enabling  users to take decisions over their data and, ideally, apply them (user centric model). Given that mobile health applications have been gaining considerable attention nowadays, the study particularly identifies privacy-enhancing features adopted by certain PDCs in the health sector.

For the full report


Cyber hygiene practices

Cyber hygiene is a fundamental principle relating to information security and, as the analogy Cyber Hygienewith personal hygiene shows, is the equivalent of establishing simple routine measures to minimise the risks from cyber threats, specifically for SME’s. Good cyber hygiene practices can drive increased immunity across businesses. However, the variation between national practices leads to uncertainty and confusion over what needs to be implemented. A uniform approach to cyber hygiene which allows businesses to establish security trust across national borders would drive improvements across the board.

Full report available online


European Cyber Security Month 2016 – Deployment report

ECSM logoThe European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is a key part of the EU's Cybersecurity Strategy to increase people's awareness of the key role they can play in ensuring the security of networks and information systems. The primary purpose of cyber security awareness campaigns is to influence the adoption of secure behaviour online. Last year’s ECSM took place across 32 countries focusing on security in banking, cyber safety, cyber training and mobile malware.

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"Cyber security is a shared responsibility – Stop. Think. Connect."

 Full report available online

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