What is ECSM?

The European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) is the EU’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among citizens and organisations, and to providing up-to-date online security information through awareness raising and sharing of good practices. Each year, for the entire month of October, hundreds of activities take place across Europe, including conferences, workshops, trainings, webinars, presentations and more, to promote digital security and cyber hygiene.

The ECSM campaign is coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and the European Commission, and supported by EU Member States and hundreds of partners (governments, universities, think tanks, NGOs, professional associations, private sector business) from Europe, and beyond.

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity coordinates the organisation of the ECSM campaign by acting as a “hub” for all participating Member States and EU Institutions, and by providing expert suggestions, generating synergies and promoting common messaging among EU citizens, businesses and public administration. The Agency also publishes new materials and provides expert advice on different cybersecurity topics for Member States’ audiences.

ECSM 2021 has started!

Join us this October for a month of engaging activities all about cybersecurity:

Find more information on the page: Get involved

‘Think Before U Click’ #ThinkB4UClick

The two themes of the ECSM2021 campaign are:

  1. First aid, guidelines on what to do if one falls victim of a cyber-attack and
  2. Be cyber-secure at home

The corona virus pandemic is testing the online security resilience world-wide, while at the same time is pushing more and more citizens to conduct their daily lives and work online. Our lives have shifted into the digital dimension so educating the online user has become more important than ever before.

The main objectives of the 2021 campaign are to ensure that end-users and organisations are well informed on the potential cybersecurity risks and that they stay safe online. The general intention is to help EU citizens develop a basic understanding of the different types of online security and privacy issues.

Video Messages from the European Commission

Use the playlist player or the links below to watch all video messages:

EC Vice-President Margrethe Vestager

EC Vice-President Margaritis Schinas

EC Commissioner Johannes Hahn

ENISA Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar

Head of CERT-EU Saad Kadhi

EC Director-General Mario Campolargo

What is new in ECSM 2021?

The winning team of the European Cybersecurity challenge will be the Ambassadors of the ECSM2021.

An interactive map of Europe will be hosted at the ECSM website, that will be displaying the services per EU Member State where citizens could address themselves in case they fall victim of cyber-attacks, in specific: online shopping fraud, identity theft i.e. credit card and bank account details theft and social media account hacks.

A new ECSM cybersecurity quiz will be available on the ECSM website inviting the public to test their knowledge on cyber-threats, acting as an educative tool while at the same time informing on most prominent threats for the public and how to recognise them.

Stay tuned for more updates and materials in the coming weeks!

‘Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility’

Since the first event in 2012, the European Cybersecurity Month has been reaching its key priorities by bringing together parties from across Europe under the slogan ‘Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility’ to unite against cyber threats. Each year, the campaign not only promotes the safer use of the Internet for EU citizens, but the organisers provide the knowledge and tools to do so.

Find more on ECSM Through the Years.

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