European Cyber Security Month 2021

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) (ECSM) is coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and takes place each year during the month of October. ENISA’s press release for European Cyber Security Month can be found here: Uniting to raise awareness on Cyber Threats: European Cybersecurity Month 2021.

The campaign is supported across Europe by Member States, which organise numerous activities including conferences, workshops and webinars. They also disseminate appropriate awareness-raising material and good practices to promote cyber security and cyber hygiene. During October, the NCSC will share content from ENISA on two themes – ‘Being Cyber Secure from Home’ and ‘Cyber First Aid’.

The aim of Cyber Security Month is to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organisations; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices. Over the course of the month, the NCSC will be tweeting links from @ncsc_gov_ie to resources, to raise awareness about the cyber security topics.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau (GNCCB) will jointly promote the theme of ‘Being Cyber Secure from Home’, along with a particular focus on risks associated with ‘Ransomware’.

The NCSC will also take part in Cyber Ireland’s National Conference on the 21st October. The Cyber Ireland National Conference (CINC) will provide a unique opportunity to bring together the cyber security community to showcase the best of our cluster, to discuss cyber security challenges facing industry and our country and to highlight innovative solutions from Ireland and internationally.

Being Cyber Secure From Home

‘Being Cyber Secure From Home' is one of themes for ECSM 2021. Check out this short video for some simple steps to keep you safe online.

Cyber Security for Schools

‘Cyber Security for Schools' is the next theme for ECSM 2021. Check out this short video for some tips to keep schools safe online.

Ransomware Guidance

Ransomware is malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Check out this short video and learn how you can #BreakTheChain.

Guidance Documents

Throughout the month of October, the NCSC will be releasing a number of guidance documents for European Cyber Security Month, please see our guidance section.

Additional Resources

The Cyber Security Month website is available at the following link: and their Twitter handle is @CyberSecMonth.

You can find more information on An Garda Siochana's Twitter feed @gardainfo.