October: Time to get cyber aware

06 October 2016

Annual events for staying safe online


October is the time for cyber security awareness worldwide, with European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) taking place here and National Cyber Awareness Month now underway in the USA.

Both promote the importance of being aware of cyber threats and learning to secure your own devices, networks, and data.

ECSM is an EU advocacy campaign that promotes cyber security among citizens and advocates for change in the perception of cyber-threats by promoting data and information security, education, sharing of good practices and competitions. Its message is that Cyber security is a shared responsibility. Its main objectives include:



  • Generating general awareness about cyber security

  • Promoting safer use of the Internet for all users

  • Generating specific awareness on Network and Information Security (NIS)


America’s National Cyber Awareness Month stresses the importance of individuals and businesses to be involved in their own cyber security. It lists some of the more prolific cyber threats as:

  • Ransomware :  A type of malware that infects computers and restricts users’ access to their files or threatens the permanent destruction of their information unless a ransom is paid.   https://www.nomoreransom.org/  https://www.amethystrisk.com/news/beware-of-ransomware

  • Business e-mail compromise, or BEC:  BEC is a type of payment fraud that involves the compromise of legitimate business e-mail accounts—often belonging to either the chief executive officer or the chief financial officer—for the purpose of conducting unauthorised wire transfers. BEC scams have been reported in all 50 American states and in 100 countries - causing estimated losses of more than $3 billion worldwide.

  • Intellectual property theft: Involves robbing individuals or companies of their ideas, inventions, and creative expressions—often stolen when computers and networks are accessed by unscrupulous competitors, hackers, and other criminals. Intellectual property can include everything from trade secrets and proprietary products and parts to movies, music and software.

For further information on European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) and National Cyber Awareness Month visit: https://cybersecuritymonth.eu/about-ecsm/whats-ecsm https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2016


Remember: We need to be cyber aware every month, not just in October. Amethyst offers a range of safety services to aid the identification, understanding, minimisation and management of safety risks. We use highly specialised skills and experience that few companies can afford to maintain in-house.

We also an established cyber security training provider offering specialist courses on technical risk assessment as well as more basic introductory level courses for non-specialists. Contact us today for further information on how we can help you and your business.



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