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European security agency kicks off web safety campaign

01 Oct 2012
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European IT security agency Enisa is launching a month-long promotional campaign to promote online safety, raising awareness of threats and helping users mitigate the risks.

Events will be taking place across eight European countries, including the UK, to promote better cyber security.

“This first European Cyber Security Month is a Europe-wide campaign to become smarter online,” said Enisa executive director Udo Helmbrecht.

European Cyber Security Month aims to improve European competitiveness by creating more web-savvy citizens - who will then presumably be more willing to do business online.

“This campaign increases citizens’ confidence in the security of the internet, helping to reduce the number of cyber incidents and breaches," added Helmbrecht.

"In the end, this is vital for the success of the digital economy in Europe."

The campaign is promoting basic security measures, such as encouraging users to adopt strong passwords, to lock their computers when away from their desk to a short time, and recommending users switch to read-only mode when using USB flash drives.

It has won the backing of European Commission vice president, Neelie Kroes.

“Everyday people everywhere reply on the internet for ever more services. From shopping or socialising to banking, healthcare or education, people have to know that the systems underpinning these transactions are safe and secure,” she said.

"Cyber attackers don't respect national boarder so it's in our common interest to secure networks and information systems to fight ever growing cybercrime."

The report comes after Symantec reported that Eastern European hackers are proving more dangerous to European businesses than Asian cyber criminals

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