October is European Cyber Security Month

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is an EU advocacy campaign that promotes cyber security among citizens and advocates for change in the perception of cyber-threats by promoting data and information security, education, sharing of good practices and competitions. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Commission DG CONNECT and Partners are deploying the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) every October 1st – 31st.

The objectives of European Cyber Security Month are:

  • 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.

To get involved, you can register an event, take part in one or simply support ECSM! For more information, visit cybersecuritymonth.eu

You can also test your ‘cyber security knowledge’ by taking this 10 minute quiz: https://cybersecuritymonth.eu/references/quiz-demonstration/intro 

To conincide with the launch of European Cyber Security Month, ECDL Foundation has written a position paper looking at IT security needs in private and professional life, and highlights the central role that skills play in helping people stay safe from increasingly sophisticated threats online.

While there are many technological solutions to cybersecurity risks, the paper argues that they are, at best, only a partial answer. Poor IT security skills can undo many of the benefits, whether it be through the use of insecure public Wi-Fi for sensitive tasks like online banking, to oversharing personal information online. The damage to businesses, especially smaller businesses, from IT security breaches can also be significant, according to research by PWC featured in the position paper, which found that the average cost of a breach could be well over €100,000 for small businesses, and over €2 million for large companies in the UK.