The European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is an advocacy campaign that promotes cyber security among EU citizens and advocates seeking to change the perception of cyber-threats by promoting education, sharing of good practices and competitions in data and information security.
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Commission DG Connect and Partners have been deploying the ECSM each October for the last 5 years.
ENISA seeks to increase the involvement of the private sector in this initiative by working through industry representation bodies to make full use of material that has been developed already and to build upon this material when necessary.
ECSM is an annual advocacy campaign that includes both the general public , acting as ‘EU digital citizens’ and specific groups focused on Member States stakeholders from public and private organisations e.g. IT experts, NIS authorities, Education organisations, etc.The main contact in member states is through the National Liaison Officers (NLO) network, partners from public and private organisations, and networks of multipliers
The direct beneficiaries of the results of this work are EU citizens, targeted by different categories, as well as end-user organisations from public and private sectors (in particular in the area of EU NIS education). These stakeholders are expected to reap the following benefits.
- Develop knowledge and corresponding ICT skills by being part of a best-practice-sharing community.
- Improve and enhance contacts with stakeholders of similar interests and profiles.
- Increase EU citizens’ awareness and governance on privacy when using online tools
As one of its main activities in the area of improving public awareness, ENISA will continue to coordinate the ECSM.
In recent years, the ECSM has expanded its outreach with numerous activities in the Member States, reaching a large number of European citizens. This year's ECSM will be further developed following its basic principles, namely:
- Support the multi-stakeholder governance approach
- Encourage common public-private activities.
- Assess the impact of activities, optimising and adapting to new challenges
The objectives of the European Cyber Security Month are to:
- Generate general awareness about cyber security, which is one of the priorities identified in the EU Cyber Security Strategy;
- Generate specific awareness on Network and Information Security (NIS), which is addressed in the proposed NIS Directive;
- Promote safer use of the Internet for all users;
- Build a strong track record to raise awareness through the ECSM;
- Involve relevant stakeholders;
- Increase national media interest through the European and global dimension of the project;
- Enhance attention and interest with regard to information security through political and media coordination.
The role of the website is to be THE single point of reference for ECSM, with pointers to what is happening at country level, with information and links to organizers, events, practical information etc.
Remember: Online security requires your participation ! In coordination with "An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace" EU Cyber Security Strategy .
Building together a joint EU advocacy campaign on NIS topics!