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European Cyber Security Month: get in the driving seat of your own online security

September 2016 by ENISA

October 2016 is European Cyber Security Month and this year October will bring plenty of opportunities for people to discover how to stay safe online and play an active role in their own security. Throughout European Cyber Security Month – which kicks-off today in Brussels - over 300 activities, including events, training sessions, tips and an online quiz, will take place across 28 countries. This year’s Cyber Security Month will focus on security in banking, cyber safety, cyber training and mobile malware.

At the launch event, taking place at the European Banking Federation premises, representatives from the EU public sector, national co-ordination teams and the banking industry will give insights into their month long campaigns. Leading IT security specialists will also discuss topics related to the themes running during each week of Cyber Security Month: security in banking, cyber safety, cyber training and mobile malware.

The Cyber Security Month is a key part of the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy to increase people’s awareness of the key role they can play in ensuring the security of networks and information systems. The 2016 campaign kicks-off in an important year for cybersecurity in the EU, marked by the adoption of Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive) and the launch of the public-private partnership on cybersecurity. Vice - President Ansip, in charge of the Digital Single Market, said: "We are working to build an online environment where all Europeans have access to the products and services that they want. Trust and security are essential to the digital single market, which the Cyber Security Month will again reinforce”.

ENISA’s Executive Director, Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, said: “the digitization of services and industry stresses the need for both business and citizens to be aware of their online surroundings and highlights the added value of cybersecurity. The European Cyber Security campaign brings together our excellent NIS community and experts with everyday users and businesses, raising awareness on trending issues in the digital world and informing users about available resources. To make the best of the continuously smart and digitised services, we need to behave in a smart manner when going online: Stop. Think. Connect.”

Happening during #CyberSecMonth!

The ECSM runs for the entire month of October in Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Greece, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Croatia and Turkey. Each week the focus is on a different topic: Commissioner Oettinger,




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