- adj. The window of time in which systems are most vulnerable to attack
- Access Control List (ACL)
- The operating system file that gives users access to files and programs they have no good reason to access
- Analyst, security
- A mercenary paid vast sums of money to tell you that your systems can't be secured
- Back door
- A hacker's front door
- A process you don't need until you don't do it
- BC/DR (Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning)
- An alternate spelling for "CISO"
- Strong authentication mechanism that streamlines insider attacks
- See "Zombie"
- Business case
- A creative writing project, the quality of which is directly proportional to your security budget
- Two types of easily hacked computers
- Clean desk policy
- What document users admit to ignoring during your intellectual property theft investigation
- Confidentiality, integrity and availability
- The three great myths of the Internet Age
- The science of applying a complex set of mathematical algorithms to sensitive data with the aim of making Bruce Schneier exceedingly rich
- Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
- See "Bot"
- Refers to computer systems' natural state; the opposite of anticipated downtime
- A historical fad from the late '90s meant to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in new profits; the inciting factor that generated hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on security products
- Speed bumps
- Self-righteous crackers
- Help desk
- A place where rude people read instruction manuals to confused people over the phone, for a fee
- Identity theft
- The transfer of your personally identifying information from corporations that want to exploit it to hackers who want to exploit it
- Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
- Log file generators
- JOOTT ("jute")
- adj. Acronym for Just One Of Those Things; the primary explanation for most information security problems
- A computer designed to allow employees to easily store vast amounts of customer data in the backseat of a taxicab
- The practice of filling shelves with printouts
- Logical security
- A goal; also, an oxymoron
- Mission critical
- adj. Term used to help hackers identify their targets
- The opposite of repudiation; repudiation, only not
- O.S. hardening
- An attempt to secure your operating system against the next hack by closing the hole used by the previous one
- Authentication tool that, when properly implemented, drives growth at the help desk
- A mandatory fool's errand
- Pharming and phishing
- Ways to obtain phood
- PKI (Public-Key Infrastructure)
- A system designed to transfer all of the complexities of strong authentication onto end users
- Regression testing
- The process by which you learn how the patches that fixed your system also broke your system
- Road warriors
- Traveling employees responsible for delivering malicious code back to headquarters
- Scope creep
- Stage three of the standard software development model
- Security administrator
- Security officer
- Fall guy
- Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
- In security, an incalculable number always equal to or greater than the budget
- The process by which you introduce new vulnerabilities into software
- Sort of like a worm, but not exactly
- Similar to a virus, but different
- See "Distributed Denial of Service"
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