Get involved in #CyberSecMonth 2019

This week marks the beginning of ECSM (European Cyber Security Month) 2019, an initiative run by ENISA (the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity), the European Commission DG CONNECT and partners to promote the importance of cyber security and highlight the steps that can be taken to mitigate cyber security risks.

 

This year’s themes

The theme in the first two weeks is cyber hygiene, and the remaining two weeks cover emerging technology, with the overarching message being Cyber security is a shared responsibility!. 

 

Cyber security is a shared responsibility

This message plays on the three fundamentals that need to be accounted for when creating a cyber security strategy: people, processes and technology. 

 

People 

This refers to staff training, with the level of training you provide depending on whether the employee has a technical or non-technical role.  

Non-technical staff don’t need advanced cyber security knowledge, but they do need a strong understanding of the fundamentals. A security awareness programme, or training courses that cover specific issues like phishing, are essential. 

 

Processes 

These are documented instructions that communicate your organisation’s cyber security stance. They should also define roles and responsibilities, specify procedures to follow and be regularly reviewed. 

ISO 27001, the international standard for information security, provides a complete set of cyber security best practices for an information security management system. 

 

Technology 

Technological defences, such as spam filters, act as a first line of defence to protect against threatsOther technical controls, such as access controlsauthorise who has access to applications, computers and networks. 

 

But whatever the technology is doing, you can’t assume that it will be 100% effective. For example, email scanning software will send the majority of suspicious emails to employees’ junk folders, but that still leaves a lot of emails that end up in inboxes.  

That’s why you need to train employees to spot suspicious emails and ensure they are following your policies and procedures. 

 

How to get involved in cyber security month

There are events taking place throughout Europe, including a cyber security show for children in Denmarkcyber security competition for highschool students in the Czech Republic, and cyber awareness courses  

You can follow the official Facebook and Twitter pages and use the hashtag #CyberSecMonth to join in the conversation.  

 

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