IATE Term of the Week: Cyber Hygiene

October 6, 2017 9:00 am

The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union takes the lead in EU digital revolution by having oganized the Tallinn Digital Summit on 29 September 2017. The event brought EU heads of state and government to focus on digital protection for citizens as one of the challenges of globalization. “For citizens the most important thing they have to understand is cyber hygiene,” said Klaid Magi of Estonia’s Information System Authority as reported by Euronews (2017). In accordance with the statement, the term cyber hygiene is chosen as IATE Term of the Week.


„The online Collins English Online Dictionary defines the term cyber hygiene as “steps that computer users can take to improve their cyber security and better protect themselves online”.

ENISA (2016) viewed cyber hygiene “in the same manner as personal hygiene and, once properly integrated into an organisation will be simple daily routines, good behaviours and occasional check ups to make sure the organisations online health is in optimum condition”.

Furthermore, you can see the entry for cyber hygiene in IATE below.

IATE term of cyber hygieneAs reported by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre, “around 80% of cyber attacks were caused by poor cyber practices within the organisational and individual victims” (GOV.UK: 2015).  Emphasizing the implementation of public cyber hygiene will result in regular impact on cyber security and minimize the risks of being hacked.

Contribute to IATE! We would appreciate your contribution to update this term in your language. A terminologist of the relevant language will be in charge of the validation of contributions and, thus, a delay is to be expected.


If you are interested in terms relevant to information technology, we suggest that you check these IATE Term of the Week:

We also invite you to check other related glossaries through our Glossary Links tool and our recently-updated EU Glossaries‘ list!

Thank you for your participation in this terminology learning and have a nice weekend!


  • ENISA. (2016). “Review of Cyber Hygiene practices”. Available at: http://bit.ly/2xMBYPB (Accessed 4 October 2017)
  • Euronews. (2017). “Estonia leads the way in EU digital revolution.” Available at: http://bit.ly/2ynuNR2 (Accessed 4 October 2017)
  • GOV.UK. (2015). “Press Release:  Cyber security boost for UK firms”. Available at:  http://bit.ly/1Gi6Cl1 (Accessed 4 October 2017)
  • Tikk-Ringas, E. & Kerttunen, M. (2015). Evolution of the cyber domain: the implications for national and global security. The International Institute for Strategic Studies. Available at: http://bit.ly/2yW9oLR (Accessed 4 October 2017)

Written by Agusmia Putri Haerani – Study Visitor at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament. Student of Master in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts in the University of Luxembourg. Social Media Student Assistant of the University of Luxembourg.

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