October is European Cyber Security Month! Hundreds of activities – conferences, workshops, training sessions, summits and internet campaigns – to promote safety online will be held across Europe.

Marking the fifth anniversary, that the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has partnered with the European Commission and member states, this year’s campaign will focus on cyber security in the workplace, governance, privacy and data protection, cyber security in the home and skills in cyber security.

“The European Cyber Security Month 2017 brings together experts across the European Union to support awareness raising of cybersecurity challenges for the everyday users,” said Udo Helmbrecht, ENISA’s executive director. “The event is an opportunity to remind everybody of the importance of cyber hygiene and that ‘cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Stop. Think. Connect.’

The launch event, which was hosted by the Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, on September 29, brought together representatives from the EU public sector, industry, national co-ordination teams, and academia. Participants discussed cybersecurity recommendations and tips.

“Cybersecurity is a founding stone of the digital world; it is our shared responsibility, of everybody, every day. I welcome these joint efforts to promote awareness and concrete actions for cybersecurity across Europe,” said European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip.

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, added: “People in their professional and private life will only be able to anticipate or respond to digital risks adequately if they are sufficiently informed and possess the right skills. The European Cybersecurity Month is an excellent opportunity to complement our plans to make the EU more cyber safe.”