October, Cybersecurity month in Europe


The annual campaign comes as a result of several recent cyber-attacks on companies such as Equifax and Deloitte, which have uncovered personal data of millions of people. In its 5th edition, the objective of raising awareness about this issue remains.

This initiative will gain a new and different topic each week of October, and aims to ensure that citizens, companies and public entities have the resources to stay safe and protected online as well as draw attention to the different measures that can be defined and applied in order to keep your information protected.

The event features more than 300 activities throughout Europe during the European Cybersecurity Month, coordinated by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), such as conferences, workshops and online campaigns.

In Portugal, the start-up event was held on 29 September in Lisbon, followed by a discussion on the topic of workplace cyber-security in the second week of October.

The Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra will be hosting two conferences, on 11 and 18 October, in which topics such as “International Law and Cyberspace” and “Phishing and Ransomware” will be discussed. The event has free entry; however, a prior registration must be made.

In the North, more specifically in Porto, will be on October 12, and the theme on the table will be “Data Protection” and the campaign will end in Lisbon on October 31, where we will talk about “Competencies in Cybersecurity”.

It is also worth noting that, according to a recent study, Portugal is among the countries of the European Union most vulnerable to cyber-attack, with 24% of Portuguese computer users encountering malware at least once a year.