The 2019 European Cybersecurity Month has officially launched.
The campaign seeks to raise awareness about cybersecurity in individuals and organisations throughout Europe. Co-ordinated by the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) with the support of member states, the campaign first took place as a pilot in 2012 across a handful of pilot countries. By 2017, it had grown to include 532 activities over 33 countries. As part of this year’s campaign, numerous events will be taking place across 32 countries.
This year’s focus is on educating people about the risks of new technologies and the need to adopt good cybersecurity behaviours. For example, the Cyber Hygiene theme relates good cybersecurity habits to the hygiene practices we apply effortlessly in our daily routines. The main message here is that like good hygiene, good cybersecurity should be something taught at an early age and applied throughout a person’s lifetime. Once people have these habits ingrained in their psyche, they can more confidently use internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, and so on, as well as whatever new devices may appear in future.
The other theme, Emerging Technology, concerns the rapid pace of technological advancement. With new technological devices continually coming to market, this theme encourages users to question the impact they may have on their privacy and ensure they adjust the settings accordingly. It will also educate people about other aspects they should be wary of when adopting new technological devices.
Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said at the launch:
“Today we launch European Cybersecurity Month 2019. We are boosting awareness around online safety and the cybersecurity skills needed for the future. If we want to complete the Digital Single Market, it is essential we ensure EU citizens, particularly young people, have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves online. It is our shared responsibility for all citizens to become responsible users of emerging technologies.”
Also present at the launch was Udo Helmbrecht, an executive director at ENISA. He emphasised the importance of human behaviour in cybersecurity, adding:
“Ensuring that all citizens are aware of online risks and have the tools to become more resilient and confident users is a key goal of European Cybersecurity Month.”
As part of the campaign’s launch, ENISA organised a Twitter-based event on September 30 called “Ask Me Anything” where individuals and organisations could submit questions to ENISA about how to secure their systems and devices. ENISA has also published a video detailing simple precautions people can adopt in daily life to improve their cybersecurity.
At Pro-Networks, we recognise the importance of cybersecurity awareness throughout an organisation. After all, most cyberattacks are unwittingly assisted in some way by employees. By providing training in cybersecurity awareness as part of our IT services, we can help your staff to better recognise potential threats and act accordingly. We can also help with your overall cybersecurity by applying technologies like penetration testing and threat monitoring.