In 2011, ENISA was asked to assess the feasibility and explore various options on how a European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) could become an effective instrument to raising awareness about NIS challenges. The Agency was involved in assessing the establishment and organisation of a ECSM. For the first time, during October 2012, a ECSM took place as a pilot project across Europe. To read the 2011 Feasibility study, please consult the specific page.
In 2012, a European Cyber Security 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 October 2012, to raise awareness of cyber security. This project was supported by ENISA and the European Commission.To read the synthesis of the results of the first ECSM, please consult the specific page.
In 2013 ENISA worked together with the Member States and the Commission and developed further the European Cyber-Security Month. The approach was to widen the number of participating Member States, to ensure sufficient focus on a number of key themes and to profile the event as a joint EU campaign with global outreach.
In 2014 the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) 2014 team invited public and private sector organisations interested in Network and Information Security to get involved in the organised activities.
In 2015, the European Cyber Security Month was celebrated for the third consecutive year and with theand over 100 (local authorities, governments, universities, think tanks, NGOs, professional associations) from all over Europe.
In 2016 the European Cyber Security Month campaign out performed all previous years in the number of Cyber Security Awareness Raisiong activities registered and by the media out reach across Europe in October.
For a graphic overview on what happened during the last 4 years please see the European Cyber Security Month Overview.