ECSM Through the Years

Background

In 2011, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity was asked to assess the feasibility and explore various options on how a European Cybersecurity Month could become an effective instrument to raising awareness about cybersecurity challenges. The Agency was involved in assessing the establishment and organisation of ECSM - 2011 Feasibility study.

In 2012, for the first time, the European Cybersecurity 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 the month of October to raise awareness of cybersecurity. This project was supported by the EU Agency for Cybersecurity and by the European Commission.

In 2013, the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union called on EU Member States to organise a yearly cybersecurity month with the support of the Agency and the involvement of the private sector, with the goal to raise awareness among end users.

From 2013 the ECSM has taken place every year in the month of October, proposing each year a focus on different topics related to cybersecurity. Results shows that each new ECSM campaign is out performing previous years, especially in terms of activities organised and outreach of people via Social Media.

In 2019, this awareness campaign has been incorporated in the implementing actions of the Cybersecurity Act (CSA) that mandate ENISA to organise regular outreach campaigns in cooperation with Member States, Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies.

ECSM Through the Years

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