The European Cyber Security Month is the EU's annual cybersecurity awareness campaign that takes place each October across Europe.

The aim of the ECSM campaign is to raise awareness about cyber security threats and promote cyber security among citizens and organisations through education and sharing of good practices. The European Commission DG CONNECT together with the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and with more than 300 partners around Europe are deploying the European Cyber Security Month.

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ECSM 2018

The European Cyber Security Month 2018 runs for the entire month of October. The slogan for this year's campaign is:

'Cyber security is a shared responsibility - STOP. THINK. CONNECT!'

Each week throughout the month will focus on a different topic. 

Week 1: 1-5 October

Practice Basic Cyber Hygiene

The theme seeks to assist the public in establishing and maintaining daily routines, checks and general behaviour required to stay safe online.

Week 2: 8-12 October

Expand your Digital Skills and Education

Transform your skills and security know-how with the latest technologies.

Week 3: 15-19 October

Recognise Cyber Scams

The theme aims to educate the general public on how to identify deceiving content in order to keep both themselves and their finances safe online.

Week 4: 22-26 October

Emerging Technologies and Privacy

Stay tech-wise and safe with the latest emerging technologies

The European Commission celebrates ECSM 2018

Various online and offline activities have been planned to engage with citizens and stakeholders and spread the ECSM 2018 message 'Cyber security is a shared responsibility – Stop. Think. Connect!'

Below you can find a list of our upcoming activities.

Stronger together in the world of cyber: the EU Institutions and Agencies kick-off the European Cyber Security Month

4 October 2018 | 12:30-14:00 | Brussels

This event kicked off a series of activities which the EU Institutions and Agencies have planned in order to celebrate the EU’s annual cybersecurity awareness campaign, the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM). The session was focused on practical tips to enhance the digital security of public and private organisations and especially on how EU Institutions (EUIs) and Agencies work together to strengthen their cyber resilience and cybersecurity.

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Cybersecurity threats in an age of Internet of Things

8 October 2018 | 10:00-12:00 | Online

A thematic event on how to secure connected devices and offer to businesses and our society a secure and trustworthy Internet of Things technology.

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Cybersecurity in critical infrastructures: Energy, financial services & transport on the focus

9 October 2018 | 11:00-13:00 | Online

A thematic event on cybersecurity challenges and possible solutions to enhance cyber resilience in Europe's critical infrastructures. The session was focused on the energy, the financial services and the transport sectors of our economy.

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13th edition of the European Commission's security symposium

11 October 2018 | 10:00-12:00 | Brussels

This year, the agenda covered a broad range of interesting current topics from cyber-attacks, radicalisation and terrorist threats to the usage of drones technology. Among the invited speakers were Commissioner Günther H. OETTINGER and the Director-General for Internal Security of France Laurent NUÑEZ as well as various high profile speakers from Member States.

Security staff of European institutions and entities as well as representatives from Member States and international organisations have been invited to attend the conference.

Election interference in the digital age: Building resilience to cyber-enabled threats

15-16 October 2018 | 10:00-12:00 | Brussels

The High-Level Conference gathered leading experts from around the world to discuss these questions and how best to follow up on existing initiatives, such as the European Commission’s Communication ‘Tackling online disinformation: a European approach’ and the G7 Charlevoix Commitment on ‘Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats’. It also devoted time to showcasing some of the latest technologies and tools to emerge in election interference and protection, ranging from traditional cyberattacks and online disinformation campaigns to the use of innovative micro-targeting, big data and Artificial Intelligence.

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Cyber aware talk: The 'Belgian Cyber Security Coalition' case

24 October 2018 | 12:30-14:00 | Online

This talk features speakers from several organisations in Belgium that have joined forces in the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition. They will share with you their experience in working together to counter cyber threats and cybercrime in Belgium.

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Online campaign on social media

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Thematic blog posts

Check out our blog posts to learn more about cybersecurity related topics.