European Cyber Security Month - SoSafe is taking part.

Staying safe in the digital world – the European Cybersecurity Month teaches companies and organizations throughout Europe about cyber security. This year the theme is digital security in the home office and first aid for digital emergencies. You can learn more about the topics and campaigns here:

What is European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM)?

Every October, the European month of action seeks to raise awareness of cyber security. The campaigns on offer are geared toward private individuals as well as companies and organizations. With its variety of campaigns, the ECSM aims to teach proper handling of cyber risks. The coordinator of the ECSM in Germany is the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the affiliated Allianz für Cybersicherheit (Cyber Security Alliance, ACS), in which SoSafe is an active partner. At the European level, this month of action is organized by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). In 2020, 150 partner organizations took part with more than 300 campaigns in Germany alone. SoSafe is also taking part with a number of campaigns this year. With a Human Risk Audit, organizations can measure their level of risk for social engineering attacks and receive tailored consultation on how to minimize these risks. The Phish Test is also being offered once again for private individuals. With this test, participants can put their spam filters and knowledge of current phishing tactics to the test with three exemplary, simulated phishing emails.

Why is the ECSM so important?

The German Economic Institute estimates that cyberattacks caused more than 50 million euros in damages in home offices last year in Germany alone. Many attacks are increasingly targeting the human factor because employees are more susceptible to social engineering attacks, especially in times when remote work is the norm. For example, the  Human Risk Review 2021 shows that the click rate for phishing emails is three times higher when employees are working remotely compared to working at the office.Raising awareness of cyber security is thus more relevant than ever. After all, user diligence can prevent cyber incidents if spam filters and other precautions fail. The ECSM is thus making a significant contribution in shedding light on this matter. From workshops and training sessions to seminars, presentations, and manuals: The ECSM offers civilians and organizations a wide range of resources so that they can learn how to work with matters of cyber security. Here is an overview of the ECSM campaigns and dates.

ECSM themes in 2021: Digital home and first aid for cyber security incidents

The month covers a wide range of topics, such as upcoming technological innovations, basic cyber protection, password security, and protection against phishing and malware. The European Cybersecurity Month 2021 is mainly focusing on the topics of “Being cyber-secure at home” and “Cyber first aid”. The organizers are thus putting new, hybrid work models in the spotlight. At the same time, with these topics the ENISA is responding to the increasingly dangerous landscape: Cyberattacks are becoming not only more frequent, but more successful. This is why preventive measures like Cyber Security Awareness Training are particularly important, as they can help prevent “digital emergencies” early.

How great is the risk that your organization will fall victim to social engineering attacks?

It is often difficult for organizations to assess how susceptible they are to the growing number of cyberattacks. This is especially the case with attacks that clearly focus on the human factor. While it is easy to keep an eye on technical precautions, the risk of the human factor is difficult to estimate. How well can they detect and prevent phishing attacks? How effective is their current cyber security training? And which gateways for cybercriminals could be particularly harmful to your organization? Like our annual Phish Test campaign for private individuals, our  Human Risk Audit gives organizations the chance to put their cyber security to the test – both during the ECSM and beyond. A free, random phishing simulation tailored to your specific organization retrieves technical and psychological KPIs, thereby quantifying your risks and clearly defining the areas of action. You receive a detailed report and, on request, additional consultation on how to more effectively prevent cyberattacks in the future.

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About SoSafe

The SoSafe Awareness Platform sensitizes and trains employees in dealing with the topics of cyber security and data protection. Regular phishing simulations and interactive e-learnings teach employees in an effective and sustainable way what to pay special attention to when, for example, using emails, passwords or social media. The employer receives anonymous but differentiated reporting and can so make awareness building measurable – completely in compliance with GDPR.