With our increasing dependence on online resources and internet-enabled devices, cybersecurity is an issue of major importance. In the past, cybersecurity has focused mainly on threats, such as someone gaining access to your bank account and stealing your money. As our online lives become more integrated with our physical lives, we are becoming more aware of other types of threat, including the access and manipulation of data. 

European Cyber Security Month 

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is an annual event held every October. The aim of ECSM is to promote cybersecurity, to increase awareness of threats, and to provide education and resources to help individuals and companies to improve their cybersecurity. As part of ECSM, over 370 events are being held across 34 countries. Similar events are held in other parts of the world too. For example, America has National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Canada has Cyber Security Awareness Month. 

ECSM themes 

The over-arching theme of this year’s ECSM is the same as the previous year’s: “Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility”. This theme aims to emphasise the fact that cybersecurity requires input from governments, businesses, and individuals. Businesses need to create tech products that have built-in privacy and security measures; individuals need to take responsibility to secure their own data and adjust the security settings to an appropriate level; while governments can pass legislation, like how EU countries made it a legal requirement for websites to be compliant with GDPR. 

Sub-themes 

ECSM is split into sub-themes. ‘Cyber Hygiene’ is about assisting the public in creating daily routines to help improve cybersecurity. There is an educational program informing people that cybersecurity routines should be as commonplace as exercising or brushing your teeth. 

‘Emerging Technology’ aims to educate individuals and businesses on how new technologies can cause cybersecurity challenges and how these might be overcome. 

Should you get cybersecurity certification? 

If you want to ensure that your business or organisation is doing everything it can to enhance its cybersecurity, you should seriously consider getting a certification. Doing so will not just give you peace of mind, but also those you work with. Two options for doing this are the IASME governance audit or a Cyber Essentials Plus Audit. These involve a thorough examination of your computers and networks, both internally and externally. The internal assessment requires an on-site visit. Contact us at CyberSmart today to find out more. 

Sam

Sam