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.
For 2014 the community pinpointed on the agenda the following weekly NIS topics:
- 1st week: Cyber security exercises, targeting technical expertise;
- 2nd week: PC and mobile security protection and updates, targeting all digital users;
- 3rd week: Coding, targeting students
- 4th week: Training employees, targeting public and private organizations
- 5th week: ePrivacy, targeting all digital users
In 2015, the European Cyber Security Month is being celebrated for the third consecutive year and has been organised by ENISA, the
The ECSM run for the entire month of October, with each week focusing on a different topic.
- 1st week – October 1-4: Cyber security training for employees
- 2nd week – October 5-11: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work
- 3rd week – October 12-18: Code Week for all
- 4th week – October 19-25: Understanding Cloud solutions for all
- 5th week – October 26-31: Digital Single Market for all
For a graphic overview on what happened during the last 4 years please see the European Cyber Security Month Overview.