Cyberwar in the EU
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Cyberwar in the EU

EU’s Cybersecurity Month

The EU’s campaign for Cybersecurity, the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) promotes every year

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ENISA coordinates the campaign with the European Commission. It is a public-private campaign with hundreds of partners from Europe, all together to provide training and awareness for good practices for starting secure online. Partners include universities, think tanks, NGOs, and professional associations.

Each October since 2012, hundreds of events take place all over Europe. This year many were online due to Covid 19, but they were maybe more needed than ever, given the increase in cyberattacks since the pandemic began. The ECSM includes conferences, workshops, training, webinars, presentations, and more, to promote digital security and cyber hygiene.

“Just like land, sea or air space, the digital information space sometimes has security loopholes that need to be closed. Our ambition is to offer EU citizens the safest information space in the world.” Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market

The reasoning behind the campaign is that Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and by increasing awareness, one can reduce the human factor in cybersecurity. This year’s campaign is targeting citizens who might be more vulnerable to cyberattacks under the motto “Think before U click.” The ECSM tries to prepare citizens to prepare for and identify the most common cyber threats for the average user: scams, spam, fishing, etc…

This year the campaign also dedicates time to promote “Digital Skills” and “E-privacy.” This last will cover problems such as cyberbullying and cyberstalking and provide tools for general personal data protection.

As our daily lives and economies become increasingly dependent on digital solutions, we need to realise that cybersecurity concerns us all. It is important to foster a culture of state-of-the-art security across vital sectors of our economy and society.Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age.

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Thess Mostoles

Thess Mostoles

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Thess has lived in seven countries on three continents. She is a freelance journalist based in the EU. At 24, she wrote her first piece for The New York Times