October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Everything you need to know.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

Since 2004, October has been renamed Cyber Security Awareness Month in America. Cyber security awareness month is all about raising awareness about the importance of cyber security. This means that individuals and organizations must have the resources to deal with their online presence more safely and reliably. Europe launched the first Cyber Security Awareness Month as a pilot in 2012 and has been organized annually ever since.

Cyber Security Awareness

What is Cyber Security Awareness Month?

In America, Cyber Security Awareness Month is organized by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), supported by industry partners. From Europe, this initiative comes from the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and European Commission, supported by European Union member states and industry partners.

Although the organization is different in Europe and America, the goal of the campaign remains the same. Organizations promote cybersecurity, share up-to-date online security information and teach citizens the basics of online security and privacy issues. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility where both end-users and organizations have to cooperate to counter cyber threats. Both need to take up their role in which personal responsibility and the importance of proactive actions to improve cyber security are central.

To achieve this goal, several conferences, workshops, training, webinars, presentations, and other similar actions will be held worldwide during the whole month of October. Hundreds of these organized actions have the same goal: to reduce cybersecurity risks and protect yourself and your organization online.

Attention to Cybersecurity Awareness remains important!

Always lock your PC screen

88% knows it, only 42% does it

Use strong passwords

82% knows it, only 31% does it

Use two-factor authentication

60% knows it, only 48% does it

Do Your Part!

We all have a role in securing our digital assets. Therefore, the theme "Our Shared Responsibilities" was given much attention during the past cyber security awareness months. But what can you do to do your part?


  • Make a habit of locking your computer;
  • Use a strong password or PIN;
  • Never leave mobile devices unattended;
  • Don't store sensitive data on computers or mobile devices;
  • If you see something unusual, say something.


  • Don't click on malicious links;
  • Don't open an attachment if you don't trust the email;
  • Try to be careful with your personal information.

Download the Awareness Posters!

Curious about how to change cyber security behavior in your company?

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