European Cyber Security Month begins!

01.10.2012 - 11:56

The European Cyber Security Month (ECSM), a pilot project across Europe, assessed and organised by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) begins today and takes place during the whole month of October.

The objectives of the European Cyber Security Month are promotion of cyber security awareness among citizens, modification of their perception of cyber threats, as well as provision of updated security information through education and competitions. The range of activities throughout Europe includes TV and daily radio advertisements; social media campaigns; news articles; conferences and student fairs.

The countries most engaged with the initiative are the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom which are participating with various activities and events to raise awareness of cyber security.

The ECSM material developed by the EU agency is free and involves a video clip, an animated logo and a logo in 23 languages aiming at supporting the countries participating in the European Cyber Security Month pilot project. Additional material includes also tips and advice on how to stay safe in a variety of online settings and web banners.

In relation to the launch of ECSM, the ENISA Executive Director, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, said: ‘This campaign increases citizen’s confidence in the security of the Internet, helping to reduce the number of cyber incidents and breaches. In the end, this is vital for the success of the digital economy in Europe’.

The Vice President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Nellie Kroes commented: ‘Everyday people everywhere reply on the internet for ever more services. From shopping or socializing to banking, healthcare or education, people have to know that the systems underpinning these transactions are safe and secure. Building that confidence is the job of all of us’.  She added: ‘Cyber security is also about ensuring honorary computer users are web wise with simple tips like choosing a safe password or storing information safely’. European Cyber Security Month is an ambitious way to raise awareness, to get stakeholders involved and to let people and businesses know how they can stay safe and secure in a variety of online settings’.

At the end of August, ENISA released a report concluding that there were implementation gaps within the existing cyber security legislation relating to the fact that many incidents remained undetected or not reported.

The study reviewed various security articles in the EU legislation which mandate cyber incidents and cyber security measures and found out that the lack of transparency and information about incidents created difficulties for policy makers to understand the overall impact, the root causes and possible interdependencies.