The aim for EU’s annual awareness campaign is to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organizations; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.

On this year's occasion, marking the 15th year since the annual initiative first began in the US, the US Center for Internet Security issued a relevant infographic emphasizing on the four key messages, tied together by one overarching theme:

Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation's cybersecurity,

Key messages

  • Strengthen the Nation's cyber security ecosystem
  • Cyber security is a cross-cutting, cross-sector challenge, so we must tackle it together
  • Increase and strengthen the cyber security workforce across all sectors
  • Secure critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

For the EU, October Weekly Themes include:

  • Week 1: Oct. 1-5
    Practice Basic Cyber Hygiene
    The theme seeks to assist the public in establishing and maintaining daily routines, checks and general behaviour required to stay safe online.
  • Week 2: Oct. 8-12
    Expand your Digital Skills and Education
    Transform your skills and security know how with the latest technologies.
  • Week 3: Oct. 15-19
    Recognize Cyber Scams
    The theme aims to educate the general public on how to identify deceiving content in order to keep both themselves and their finances safe online.
  • Week 4: Oct. 22-26
    Emerging Technologies and Privacy Stay tech wise and safe with the latest emerging technologies.

Key message

Cyber security is a shared responsibility! STOP.THINK.CONNECT