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Security+ Vocab

SY0-501 Vocabulary

non-repudiation The idea of ensuring that a person or group cannot refute the validity of your proof against them.
defense in depth The building up and layering of security measures that protect data from inception, on through storage and network transfer, and lastly to final disposal.
script kiddie An individual with little technical skill that reuses code and scripts that are freely available on the Internet.
hacktivist An attacker who has an agenda that may or may not be benign.
organized crime A criminal enterprise run by well-funded and sophisticated people motivated mainly by money, using computer systems and hacking techniques to gain access to company information and secrets.
advanced persistent threat (APT) A set of computer-attacking processes that targets private organizations or nation states. Also refers to a group (often a government) that persistently targets a specific entity.
malware Software designed to infiltrate a computer system and possibly damage it without the user's knowledge or consent.
virus Code that runs on a computer without the user's knowledge; it infects the computer when the code is accessed and executed.
worm Code that runs on a computer without the user's knowledge; a worm self-replicates, whereas a virus does not.
Trojan horse An application that appears to perform desired functions but is actually performing malicious functions behind the scenes.
remote access Trojan (RAT) A type of Trojan used to gain back-end access to a server, taking control of it, often for malicious purposes.
ransomware A type of malware that restricts access to a computer system and demands a ransom be paid to restore access.
spyware A type of malicious software either downloaded unwittingly from a website or installed along with some other third-party software.
adware Type of spyware that pops up advertisements based on what it has learned about the user.
grayware A general term used to describe applications that are behaving improperly but without serious consequences; often describes types of spyware.
rootkit A type of software designed to gain administrator-level control over a computer system without being detected.
spam The abuse of electronic messaging systems such as e-mail, broadcast media, and instant messaging.
threat vector The method a threat uses to gain access to a target computer.
attack vector The path or means by which an attacker gains access to a computer.
typosquatting Also called URL hijacking, a method used by attackers that takes advantage of user typos when accessing websites. Instead of the expected website, the user ends up at a website with a similar name but often malicious content.
botnet A group of compromised computers used to distribute malware across the Internet; the members are referred to as "bots" and are usually zombies.
zombie An individual compromised computer in a botnet.
active interception Normally refers to placing a computer between the sender and the receiver in an effort to capture and possibly modify information.
privilege escalation The act of exploiting a bug or design flaw in a software or firmware application to gain access to resources that normally would've been protected from an application or user.
backdoors Used in computer programs to bypass normal authentication and other security mechanisms in place.
logic bomb Code that has, in some way, been inserted into software; it is meant to initiate some type of malicious function when specific criteria are met.
time bomb A Trojan programmed to set off on a certain date.
open mail relay Also known as an SMTP open relay, enables anyone on the Internet to send e-mail through an SMTP server.
host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) A type of system loaded on an individual computer that analyzes and monitors what happens inside that computer—for example, if any changes have been made to file integrity.
personal firewall An application that protects an individual computer from unwanted Internet traffic; it does so by way of a set of rules and policies.
pop-up blocker An application or add-on to a web browser that blocks pop-up windows that usually contain advertisements.
ad filtering Ways of blocking and filtering out unwanted advertisements; pop-up blockers and content filters are considered to be ad filtering methods.
content filters Individual computer programs that block external files that use JavaScript or images from loading into the browser.
root of trust (RoT) A set of code and functions, usually embedded into a trusted platform module, that allows or denies tasks such as booting and drive encryption.
measured boot Takes measurements of the secure boot process, signs those results with a TPM, and reports those measurements to a trusted third party such as a remote attestation service.
attestation The act of verifying whether a process is secure; for example, the secure boot process of a UEFI-based system.
removable media controls Security controls put in place to protect the data residing on USB flash drives and other removable media, and to protect the systems that they connect to.
high availability When a system or component (such as a RAID array) is continuously operational for an extended period of time. The component should have an average 99.9% uptime or higher.
self-encrypting drive (SED) Hard drives that encrypt all of the contents held within using encryption keys that are maintained independently from the CPU of the housing computer.
hardware security module (HSM) A physical device that deals with the encryption of authentication processes, digital signings, and payment processes.
bluejacking The sending of unsolicited messages to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
bluesnarfing The unauthorized access of information from a wireless device through a Bluetooth connection.
transitive trust When two or more networks have a relationship where users from one network can gain access to resources on the other.
application whitelisting A method of restricting users to specific applications.
application blacklisting A method of disallowing one or more applications from use.
storage segmentation A clear separation of organizational and personal information, applications, and other content.
mobile device management (MDM) A centralized software solution that allows for the control and configuration of mobile devices.
sideloading The loading of apps from a location outside of the official application store for that device. Either by direct Internet connection, by connecting to a second mobile device via USB OTG or Bluetooth, or by copying apps directly from a microSD card.
hardening The act of configuring an OS securely, updating it, creating rules and policies to help govern the system in a secure manner, and removing unnecessary applications and services.
least functionality When a computer is configured to only allow required functions, applications, services, ports, and protocols.
application blacklisting A method of disallowing one or more applications from use.
Trusted Operating System (TOS) A system that adheres to criteria for multilevel security and meets government regulations.
hotfix Originally defined as a patch to an individual OS or application to fix a single problem, installed live while the system was up and running, and without a reboot necessary. However, this term has changed over time and varies from vendor to vendor.
patch management The planning, testing, implementing, and auditing of patches.
Group Policy Used in Microsoft environments to govern user and computer accounts through a set of rules.
security template Groups of policies that can be loaded in one procedure.
baselining The process of measuring changes in networking, hardware, software, and so on.
virtualization The creation of a virtual entity, as opposed to a true or actual entity.
virtual machine (VM) An operating system (or application) created by virtual machine software that runs within a hosting operating system.
hypervisor The portion of virtual machine software that allows multiple virtual operating systems (guests) to run at the same time on a single computer.
application containerization A virtualization method that allows an organization to run applications without launching an entire virtual machine. Also known simply as containerization.
virtual machine escape (VM) When a user (or malware) is able to break out of a VM's isolation (or lack thereof) and gain access to the hosting computer.
virtualization sprawl Also known as VM sprawl, when there are too many VMs for an administrator to manage effectively.
cookies Text files placed on the client computer that store information about it, which could include your computer’s browsing habits and credentials. Tracking cookies are used by spyware. Session cookies are used by attackers in an attempt to hijack a session.
locally shared objects (LSOs) Also known as Flash cookies, files stored on users’ computers that allow websites to collect information about visitors. Also referred to as “local shared objects.”
User Account Control (UAC) A security component of Windows that keeps every user (besides the actual Administrator account) in standard user mode instead of as an administrator with full administrative rights—even if they are a member of the administrators group.
secure coding concepts The best practices used during the life cycle of software development.
software development life cycle (SDLC) The process of creating systems and applications, and the methodologies used to do so. Also known as systems development life cycle.
waterfall model An SDLC model divided into sequential phases such as planning, design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment, and maintenance. See software development life cycle (SDLC).
agile model A type of SDLC based on being adaptive to change, and cooperation between business people, customers, and developers. See software development life cycle (SDLC). Compare with waterfall model.
secure code review An in-depth code inspection procedure.
threat modeling A way of prioritizing threats to an application.
black-box testing When people test a system but have no specific knowledge of the system code involved with the system.
white-box testing A method of testing applications or systems where the tester is given access to the internal workings of the system.
sandbox When a web script runs in its own environment for the express purpose of not interfering with other processes, possibly for testing.
structured exception handling (SEH) A way of handling exceptions generated by errors, such as ones that can be initiated by dividing by zero.
input validation Also called data validation, a process that ensures the correct usage of data.
fuzz testing Also called fuzzing, a type of test in which random data is inputted into a computer program in an attempt to find vulnerabilities.
buffer overflow When a process stores data outside the memory that the developer intended to be used for storage. This could cause erratic behavior in the application, especially if the memory already had other data in it.
integer overflow When arithmetic operations attempt to create a numeric value that is too big for the available memory space.
memory leak When a program allocates memory but does not free it up properly after the process using it has completed.
null pointer dereference A memory dereference that can result in a memory fault error.
address space layout randomization (ASLR) A technique used to prevent the exploitation of memory vulnerabilities.
remote code execution (RCE) When an attacker acquires control of a remote computer through a code vulnerability. Also known as arbitrary code execution. Attackers often use a web browser’s URL field or a tool such as Netcat to accomplish this.
cross-site scripting (XSS) A type of vulnerability found in web applications used with session hijacking. XSS enables an attacker to inject client-side scripts into web pages.
cross-site request forgery (XSRF) An attack that exploits the trust a website has in a user’s browser in an attempt to transmit unauthorized commands to the website.
directory traversal Also known as the ../ (dot dot slash) attack, a method of accessing unauthorized parent directories.
zero day attack An attack that is executed on a vulnerability in software before that vulnerability is known to the creator of the software.
CAM table The Content Addressable Memory table, a table that is in a switch's memory that contains ports and their corresponding MAC addresses.
fail-open mode When a switch broadcasts data on all ports the way a hub does.
Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) A networking protocol that automatically creates a loop-free topology of Ethernet switches. Prevents looping that can occur when connecting both ends of a patch cable to ports on one switch.
network address translation (NAT) The process of changing an IP address while it is in transit across a router. This is usually implemented so that one larger address space (private) can be remapped to another address space, or single IP address (public).
port address translation (PAT) Like NAT, but it translates both IP addresses and port numbers.
static NAT When a single private IP address translates to a single public IP address. This is also called one-to-one mapping.
one-to-one mapping When an individual certificate is mapped to a single recipient.
demilitarized zone (DMZ) A special area of the network (sometimes referred to as a subnetwork) that houses servers that host information accessed by clients or other networks on the Internet.
3-leg perimeter A type of DMZ where a firewall has three legs that connect to the LAN, the Internet, and the DMZ.
back-to-back perimeter A type of DMZ that is located between the LAN and the Internet.
network access control (NAC) Sets the rules by which connections to a network are governed.
VLAN hopping The act of gaining access to traffic on other VLANs that would not normally be accessible by jumping from one VLAN to another.
war-dialing The act of scanning telephone numbers by dialing them one at a time and adding them to a list, in an attempt to gain access to computer networks.
cloud computing A way of offering on-demand services that extend the capabilities of a person's computer or an organization's network.
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) An online list of known vulnerabilities (and patches) to software, especially web servers. It is maintained by the MITRE Corporation.
flood guard Security feature implemented on some firewalls to protect against SYN floods and other flooding attacks. Also known as an attack guard.
distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) An attack in which a group of compromised systems attacks a single target, causing a DoS to occur at that host, usually using a botnet.
DNS amplification attack An attack that initiates a DNS request with a spoofed source address. Responses (which are larger than the request) are sent to the victim server in an attempt to flood it.
spoofing When an attacker masquerades as another person by falsifying information.
phishing The criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
replay attack An attack in which valid data transmission is maliciously or fraudulently repeated or delayed.
nonce When used by an attacker, a malicious connection to the Windows interprocess communications share (IPC$).
pharming When an attacker redirects one website’s traffic to another bogus and possibly malicious website by modifying a DNS server or hosts file.
domain name kiting The process of deleting a domain name during the five-day grace period (known as the add grace period, or AGP) and immediately reregistering it for another five-day period to keep a domain name indefinitely and for free.
ARP poisoning An attack that exploits Ethernet networks and may enable an attacker to sniff frames of information, modify that information, or stop it from getting to its intended destination.
network perimeter The border of a computer network, commonly secured by devices such as firewalls and NIDS/NIPS solutions.
access control model Specifies methodologies by which admission to physical areas and, more importantly, computer systems is managed and organized.
stateful packet inspection (SPI) Type of packet inspection that keeps track of network connections by examining the header in each packet.
application firewall A firewall that can control the traffic associated with specific applications. Works all the way up to the application layer of the OSI model.
web application firewall (WAF) An application firewall used to protect servers (and their client sessions) from XSS and SQL injection, among other attacks, during HTTP sessions.
proxy server Acts as an intermediary between clients, usually located on a LAN, and the servers that they want to access, usually located on the Internet.
IP proxy Secures a network by keeping machines behind it anonymous; it does this through the use of NAT.
HTTP proxy (web proxy) Caches web pages from servers on the Internet for a set amount of time.
proxy auto-configuration (PAC) A file in web browsers that automatically chooses an appropriate proxy server.
Internet content filter A filter that is usually applied as software at the application layer and can filter out various types of Internet activities such as websites accessed, e-mail, instant messaging, and more.
web security gateway An intermediary that can scan for viruses and filter Internet content.
honeypot Generally is a single computer but could also be a file, group of files, or an area of unused IP address space used to attract and trap potential attackers to counteract any attempts at unauthorized access of the network.
data loss prevention (DLP) Systems that are designed to protect data by way of content inspection. They are meant to stop the leakage of confidential data, often concentrating on communications.
network intrusion detection system (NIDS) A type of IDS that attempts to detect malicious network activities—for example, port scans and DoS attacks—by constantly monitoring network traffic.
non-promiscuous mode When a network adapter captures only the packets that are addressed to it.
network intrusion prevention system (NIPS) Designed to inspect traffic and, based on its configuration or security policy, remove, detain, or redirect malicious traffic.
false positive Speaking in terms of intrusion monitoring, this is when an IDS/IPS blocks legitimate traffic from passing on to the network.
unified threat management (UTM) A security product that evolved from the firewall and also includes IDS/IPS, antivirus, VPN, content filtering, DLP, and load balancing, among other technologies.
implicit deny Denies all traffic to a resource unless the users generating that traffic are specifically granted access to the resource.
honeynet One or more computers or servers, or an area of a network, used to attract and trap potential attackers to counteract any attempts at unauthorized access of the network.
false negative Speaking in terms of intrusion monitoring, this is when an IDS/IPS fails to block an attack, thinking it is legitimate traffic.
default account An account installed by default on a device or within an operating system with a default set of user credentials that are usually insecure.
privilege escalation The act of exploiting a bug or design flaw in a software or firmware application to gain access to resources that normally would’ve been protected from an application or user.
backdoors Used in computer programs to bypass normal authentication and other security mechanisms in place.
data emanation Also known as signal emanation, the electromagnetic field generated by a network cable or network device, which can be manipulated to eavesdrop on conversations or to steal data.
Faraday cage An enclosure formed by conducting material or by a mesh of such material; it blocks out external static electric fields and can stop emanations from cell phones and other devices within the cage from leaking out.
TEMPEST Refers to the investigations of conducted emissions from electrical and mechanical devices, which could be compromising to an organization.
wiretapping Tapping into a network cable in an attempt to eavesdrop on a conversation or steal data.
butt set A device that looks similar to a phone but has alligator clips that can connect to the various terminals used by phone equipment, enabling a person to listen in to a conversation. Also called a lineman’s handset.
protected distribution system Security system implemented to protect unencrypted data transfer over wired networks.
service set identifier (SSID) The name of a wireless access point (or network) to which network clients will connect; it is broadcast through the air.
evil twin A rogue wireless access point that uses the same SSID as a nearby legitimate access point.
pre-shared key A key based on a generated (or selected) passphrase that is used to enable connectivity between wireless clients and an access point.
Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS) A protocol that is part of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) stack used by mobile devices. It enables secure user sessions.
MAC filtering A method used to filter out which computers can access the wireless network; the WAP does this by consulting a list of MAC addresses that have been previously entered.
AP isolation Each client connected to the AP will not be able to communicate with each other, but they can each still access the Internet.
war-driving The act of searching for wireless networks by a person in a vehicle through the use of a device with a wireless antenna, often a particularly strong antenna.
IV attack A type of related-key attack based on the initialization vector of wireless network communications, where an attacker observes the operation of a cipher using several different keys and finds a mathematical relationship between them, to decipher data.
Wi-Fi disassociation attack Also known as Wi-Fi deauthentication attack, when an attacker targets a user’s Wi-Fi-connected system, deauthenticates it using special software, and then reauthenticates it to find out SSID and WPA handshake information.
bluesnarfing The unauthorized access of information from a wireless device through a Bluetooth connection.
war-chalking The act of physically drawing symbols in public places that denote open, closed, or protected wireless networks.
identity proofing An initial validation of an identity.
closed-circuit television (CCTV) A video system (often used for surveillance) that makes use of traditional coaxial-based video components, but is used privately, within a building or campus.
mantrap An area between two doorways, meant to hold people until they are identified and authenticated.
crossover error rate (CER) The collective analysis and comparison of the false acceptance rate (FAR) and false rejection rate (FRR). It is also known as equal error rate.
multifactor authentication (MFA) When two or more types of authentication are used when dealing with user access control.
context-aware authentication An adaptive way of authenticating users based on their usage of resources, and the confidence that the system has in the user.
single sign-on (SSO) When a user can log in once but gain access to multiple systems without being asked to log in again.
federated identity management (FIM) When a user’s identity is shared across multiple identity management systems.
802.1X An authentication technology used to connect devices to a LAN or WLAN. It is an example of port-based network access control (NAC).
Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) Not an authentication mechanism in itself but instead defines message formats. 802.1X would be the authentication mechanism and defines how EAP is encapsulated within messages.
Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) Protocol used to encapsulate EAP packets within encrypted and authenticated tunnels.
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) An application layer protocol used for accessing and modifying directory services data.
mutual authentication When two computers (for example, a client and a server) verify each other’s identity.
tickets Part of the authentication process used by Kerberos.
Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) An authentication scheme used by the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) that is the standard for dial-up connections.
virtual private network (VPN) A connection between two or more computers or devices that are not on the same private network.
VPN concentrator A hardware appliance that allows hundreds of users to connect to the network from remote locations via a VPN.
always-on VPN A method of VPN where the user can always access the connection without the need to periodically disconnect and reconnect. It often uses SSL/TLS for encrypted connections instead of PPTP or L2TP.
Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) Used to provide centralized administration of dial-up, VPN, and wireless authentication.
Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System Plus (TACACS+) A remote authentication protocol similar to RADIUS used in Cisco networks.
security tokens Physical devices given to authorized users to help with authentication. These devices might be attached to a keychain or might be part of a card system.
CAPTCHA A type of challenge-response mechanism used primarily in websites to tell whether or not the user is human. Stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.
Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC) A DoD standard that sets basic requirements for assessing the effectiveness of computer security access policies. Also known as The Orange Book.
access control list (ACL) A list of permissions attached to an object specifying what level of access a user, users, or groups have to that object. When dealing with firewalls, an ACL is a set of rules that applies to a list of network names, IP addresses, and port numbers.
vulnerability Weaknesses in your computer network design and individual host configuration.
risk The possibility of a malicious attack or other threat causing damage or downtime to a computer system.
risk management The identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks, and the mitigation and monitoring of those risks.
information assurance (IA) The practice of managing risks that are related to computer hardware and software systems.
risk transference The transfer or outsourcing of risk to a third party. Also known as risk sharing.
risk avoidance When an organization avoids risk because the risk factor is too great.
risk reduction When an organization mitigates risk to an acceptable level.
mean time between failures (MTBF) Defines the average number of failures per million hours for a product in question.
risk acceptance The amount of risk an organization is willing to accept. Also known as risk retention.
residual risk The risk that is left over after a security plan and a disaster recovery plan have been implemented.
salting The randomization of the hashing process to defend against cryptanalysis password attacks and rainbow tables.
rainbow table In password cracking, a set of precalculated encrypted passwords located in a lookup table.
password cracker Software tool used to recover passwords from hosts or to discover weak passwords.
protocol analyzer Software tool used to capture and analyze packets.
banner grabbing A technique used to gain information about servers and take inventory of systems and services. It can be used legitimately by network administrators or illegitimately by attackers to grab information such as HTTP headers.
port scanner Software used to decipher which ports are open on a host.
network mapping The study of physical and logical connectivity of networks.
Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL) A standard and a programming language designed to standardize the transfer of secure public information across networks and the Internet utilizing any security tools and services available.
race condition An exploitable situation that happens when a system or application is performing two tasks and the time between them can be exploited to gain access to the program, change a file, or gain access to a resource.
pivot A technique used to gain access to other systems or other parts of the network after an initial system has been exploited.
vulnerability assessment Baselining of the network to assess the current security state of computers, servers, network devices, and the entire network in general.
active reconnaissance Gaining information about a target system using active, engaging techniques.
passive reconnaissance Gaining information about a target system without engaging the system.
risk register Helps to track issues and address problems as they occur. Also known as a risk log.
signature-based monitoring Frames and packets of network traffic are analyzed for predetermined attack patterns. These attack patterns are known as signatures.
anomaly-based monitoring Also known as statistical anomaly-based monitoring, establishes a performance baseline based on a set of normal network traffic evaluations.
behavior-based monitoring A monitoring system that looks at the previous behavior of applications, executables, and/or the operating system and compares that to current activity on the system.
baselining The process of measuring changes in networking, hardware, software, and so on.
baseline reporting Identification of the security posture of an application, system, or network.
security posture The risk level to which a system, or other technology element, is exposed.
security posture assessment (SPA) An assessment that uses baseline reporting and other analyses to discover vulnerabilities and weaknesses in systems and networks.
broadcast storm When there is an accumulation of broadcast and multicast packet traffic on the LAN coming from one or more network interfaces.
port mirroring When you configure one or more ports on a switch to forward all packets to another port. Often used when capturing packets.
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) A TCP/IP protocol that monitors network-attached devices and computers. It’s usually incorporated as part of a network management system.
audit trail Record or log that shows the tracked actions of users, regardless of whether the users successfully completed the actions.
cryptography The practice and study of hiding information.
cipher An algorithm that can perform encryption or decryption.
algorithms Well-defined instructions that describe computations from their initial state to their final state.
key The essential piece of information that determines the output of a cipher.
private key A type of key that is known only to a specific user or users who keep the key a secret.
public key A type of key that is known to all parties involved in encrypted transactions within a given group.
symmetric key algorithm A class of cipher that uses identical or closely related keys for encryption and decryption.
stream cipher A type of algorithm that encrypts each byte in a message one at a time.
block cipher A type of algorithm that encrypts a number of bits as individual units known as blocks.
asymmetric key algorithm A type of cipher that uses a pair of different keys to encrypt and decrypt data.
public key cryptography Uses asymmetric keys alone or in addition to symmetric keys. The asymmetric key algorithm creates a secret private key and a published public key.
digital signature A signature that authenticates a document through math, letting the recipient know that the document was created and sent by the actual sender and not someone else.
certificate Digitally signed electronic document that binds a public key with a user identity.
steganography The science (and art) of writing hidden messages; it is a form of security through obscurity.
Data Encryption Standard (DES) An older type of block cipher selected by the U.S. federal government back in the 1970s as its encryption standard; due to its weak key, it is now considered deprecated.
Triple DES (3DES) Similar to DES but applies the cipher algorithm three times to each cipher block.
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) A symmetric key encryption standard, used with WPA and WPA2, that is the successor to DES/3DES and is composed of three different block ciphers: AES-128, AES-192, and AES-256.
Blowfish A 64-bit block cipher designed by Bruce Schneier as an alternative to DES.
Twofish A 128-bit block cipher designed by Bruce Schneier and based on Feistel.
RSA A public key cryptography algorithm created by Rivest, Shamir, Adleman. It is commonly used in e-commerce.
Diffie-Hellman key exchange Invented in the 1970s, the first practical method for establishing a shared secret key over an unprotected communications channel.
elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) A type of public key cryptography based on the structure of an elliptic curve.
Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman Ephemeral (ECDHE) An asymmetric algorithm created by Diffie and Hellman that is based on elliptic curve cryptography and runs in ephemeral mode.
one-time pad A cipher that encrypts plaintext with a secret random key that is the same length as the plaintext.
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) An encryption program used primarily for signing, encrypting, and decrypting e-mails in an attempt to increase the security of e-mail communications.
GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) A free alternative to PGP that is compliant with OpenPGP.
pseudorandom number generator (PRNG) Used by cryptographic applications that require unpredictable output. Example: SHA2PRNG. Threat: random number generator attack. Prevention: additional randomness, AES, SHA256 or higher, and physical control of the system.
hash A summary of a file or message. It is generated to verify the integrity of the file or message.
hash function A mathematical procedure that converts a variable-sized amount of data into a smaller block of data.
one-way function A hash that is easy to compute when generated but difficult (or impossible) to compute in reverse.
cryptographic hash functions Hash functions based on block ciphers.
Message-Digest algorithm 5 (MD5) A 128-bit key hash used to provide integrity of files and messages.
collision When two different files end up using the same hash, which is possible with less secure hashing algorithms.
Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) A group of hash functions designed by the NSA and published by the NIST, widely used in government. The most common currently is SHA-1.
LANMAN hash The original hash used to store Windows passwords, known as LM hash, based off the DES algorithm.
NTLM hash Successor to the LM hash. A more advanced hash used to store Windows passwords, based off the RC4 algorithm.
NTLMv2 hash Successor to the NTLM hash. Based off the MD5 hashing algorithm.
pass the hash An attack where password hashes are obtained from a server and reused in an attempt to trick the server’s authentication system.
birthday attack An attack on a hashing system that attempts to send two different messages with the same hash function, causing a collision.
key stretching Takes a weak key, processes it, and outputs an enhanced and more powerful key, usually increasing key size to 128 bits.
public key infrastructure (PKI) An entire system of hardware and software, policies and procedures, and people, used to create, distribute, manage, store, and revoke digital certificates.
wildcard certificate A single public key certificate that can be used by multiple subdomains (or all subdomains) of a single domain; for example, *
subject alternative name(SAN) A field (or fields) in PKI certificates that allows an organization to specify additional hostnames, domain names, and so on.
certificate authority (CA) The entity (usually a server) that issues digital certificates to users.
one-to-one mapping When an individual certificate is mapped to a single recipient.
many-to-one mapping When multiple certificates are mapped to a single recipient.
registration authority (RA) Used to verify requests for certificates.
certificate revocation list (CRL) A list of certificates no longer valid or that have been revoked by the issuer.
Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) An alternative to using a certificate revocation list (CRL). It contains less information than a CRL does, and does not require encryption.
key escrow When certificate keys are held in case third parties, such as government or other organizations, need access to encrypted communications.
key recovery agent Software that can be used to archive and restore keys if necessary.
web of trust A decentralized model used for sharing certificates without the need for a centralized CA.
Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) An IETF standard that provides cryptographic security for electronic messaging such as e-mail.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) A cryptographic protocol that provides secure Internet communications such as web browsing, instant messaging, e-mail, and VoIP.
Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) A tunneling protocol used to support VPNs. Generally includes security mechanisms, and no additional software or protocols need to be loaded. A VPN device or server must have inbound port 1723 open to enable incoming PPTP connections.
Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) A tunneling protocol used to connect virtual private networks. It does not include confidentiality or encryption on its own. It uses port 1701 and can be more secure than PPTP if used in conjunction with IPsec.
Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) A TCP/IP protocol that authenticates and encrypts IP packets, effectively securing communications between computers and devices using the protocol.
Security The successor to SSL, provides secure Internet communications. This is shown in a browser as HTTPS.
downgrade attack When a protocol (such as TLS or SSL) is downgraded from the current version to a previous version, exploiting backward compatibility.
single point of failure An element, object, or part of a system that, if it fails, will cause the whole system to fail.
surge An unexpected increase in the amount of voltage provided.
spike A short transient in voltage that can be due to a short circuit, tripped circuit breaker, power outage, or lightning strike.
sag An unexpected decrease in the amount of voltage provided.
brownout When the voltage drops to such an extent that it typically causes the lights to dim and causes computers to shut off.
blackout When a total loss of power for a prolonged period occurs.
redundant power supply An enclosure that contains two complete power supplies, the second of which turns on when the first fails.
uninterruptible power supply (UPS) Takes the functionality of a surge suppressor and combines that with a battery backup, protecting computers not only from surges and spikes, but also from sags, brownouts, and blackouts.
backup generator Part of an emergency power system used when there is an outage of regular electric grid power.
standby generator Systems that turn on automatically within seconds of a power outage.
disk duplexing When each disk is connected to a separate controller.
redundant ISP Secondary connections to another ISP; for example, a backup T-1 line.
cluster Two or more servers that work with each other.
disaster recovery plan (DRP) A plan that details the policies and procedures concerning the recovery and/or continuation of an organization’s technology infrastructure.
business impact analysis (BIA) The examination of critical versus noncritical functions; part of a business continuity plan (BCP).
recovery time objective (RTO) In business impact analysis, the acceptable amount of time to restore a function.
recovery point objective (RPO) In business impact analysis, the acceptable latency of data.
pretexting When a person invents a scenario, or pretext, in the hope of persuading a victim to divulge information.
diversion theft When a thief attempts to take responsibility for a shipment by diverting the delivery to a nearby location.
phishing The criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
spear phishing A type of phishing attack that targets particular individuals.
whaling A phishing attack that targets senior executives.
vishing A type of phishing attack that makes use of telephones and VoIP.
hoax The attempt at deceiving people into believing something that is false.
shoulder surfing When a person uses direct observation to find out a target's password, PIN, or other such authentication information.
eavesdropping When a person uses direct observation to “listen” in to a conversation.
dumpster diving When a person literally scavenges for private information in garbage and recycling containers.
piggybacking When an unauthorized person tags along with an authorized person to gain entry to a restricted area.
tailgating A type of piggybacking where an unauthorized person follows an authorized person into a secure area, without the authorized person’s consent.
mantrap An area between two doorways, meant to hold people until they are identified and authenticated.
watering hole attack An attack where the attacker profiles which websites a user accesses and installs malware to those sites that either infects the user’s computer or redirects the user to other websites.
fire suppression The process of controlling and/or extinguishing fires to protect people and an organization’s data and equipment.
wet pipe sprinkler system Consists of a pressurized water supply system that can deliver a high quantity of water to an entire building via a piping distribution system.
pre-action sprinkler system Similar to a dry pipe system, but there are requirements for it to be set off such as heat or smoke.
special hazard protection system A clean agent sprinkler system such as FM-200 used in server rooms.
hot and cold aisles The aisles in a server room or data center that circulate cold air into the systems and hot air out of them. Usually, the systems and cabinets are supported by a raised floor.
supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) System of hardware and software that controls and monitors industrial systems such as HVAC.
TEMPEST Refers to the investigations of conducted emissions from electrical and mechanical devices, which could be compromising to an organization.
Controller Area Network (CAN) A multimaster serial bus that allows connectivity between the various microcontrollers in an automobile.
air gap A method of securing a control unit, system, or network through isolation and possibly shielding.
baiting When a malicious individual leaves malware-infected removable media, such as a USB drive or optical disc, lying around in plain view.
acceptable use policy (AUP) acceptable use policy (AUP) Policy that defines the rules that restrict how a computer, network, or other system may be used.
change management A structured way of changing the state of a computer system, network, or IT procedure.
separation of duties (SoD) This is when more than one person is required to complete a particular task or operation.
mandatory vacations When an organization requires that employees take a certain number of days of vacation consecutively, helping to detect potential malicious activity such as fraud or embezzlement.
onboarding When a new employee is added to an organization, and to its identity and access management system.
due diligence Ensuring that IT infrastructure risks are known and managed.
due care The mitigation action that an organization takes to defend against the risks that have been uncovered during due diligence.
due process The principle that an organization must respect and safeguard personnel’s rights.
personally identifiable information (PII) Information used to uniquely identify, contact, or locate a person.
service-level agreement (SLA) Part of a service contract where the level of service is formally defined.
memorandum of understanding (MoU) A letter of intent between two entities (such as government agencies) concerning SLAs and BPAs.
interconnection security agreement (ISA) An agreement that is established between two (or more) organizations that own and operate connected IT systems and data; it specifically documents the technical and security requirements of the interconnection between the organizations.
incident response A set of procedures that an investigator follows when examining a computer security incident.
incident management The monitoring and detection of security events on a computer network and the execution of proper responses to those security events.
first responders People who perform preliminary analysis of the incident data and determine whether the incident is an incident or just an event, and the criticality of the incident.
chain of custody Documents who had custody of evidence all the way up to litigation or a court trial (if necessary) and verifies that the evidence has not been modified.
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