Here we lay out our top 10 cybersecurity lingoes that might come in handy in your next conversation
Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from cyberattacks. The practice is used by companies to protect against phishing schemes, ransomware attacks, identity theft, data breaches, and financial losses. With an increasing number of users, devices, and programs in the modern enterprise, combined with the increasing deluge of data much of which is sensitive or confidential the importance of cybersecurity continues to grow. Within the context of cybersecurity, certain lingoes are starting to make their way into mainstream conversation and news, hinting at the increased importance of cybersecurity in our daily work and life. So, here we lay out our top 10 cybersecurity lingoes that might come in handy in your next conversation.
SECaaS: It stands for Security as a service, and is an outsourced service wherein an outside company handles and manages your security. It involves applications such as anti-virus software delivered over the Internet but the term can also refer to cybersecurity management provided in-house by an external organization.
WAF: It stands for web application firewall is a firewall that monitors, filters, and blocks data packets as they travel to and from a website or web application. The WAF allows all incoming requests unless they match predefined threat signatures, or otherwise violate a security rule.
Phishing: It is pronounced: fishing, an attack that attempts to steal your money, or your identity, by getting you to reveal personal information such as credit card numbers, bank information, or passwords on websites that pretend to be legitimate.
VPN: It stands for virtual private network, and is a technology that encrypts your internet traffic on unsecured networks to protect your online identity, hide your IP address, and shield your online data from third parties. It provides a private tunnel for your data and communications while you use public networks.
Dark Web: It is the hidden collective of internet sites only accessible by a specialized web browser. It is used for keeping internet activity anonymous and private, which can be helpful in both legal and illegal applications.
FIDO: It is a set of security specifications supporting multi-factor authentication and public-key cryptography. FIDO-compliant authentication means that users don’t have to use the traditional username and password combo, but instead use biometric authentication which can include fingerprints to irises.
SSL: It stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being sent between two systems, preventing criminals from reading and modifying any information transferred, including potential personal details.
2FA: It stands for two-factor authentication, which is a type of authentication method where the proof of a user’s identity is gained by two independent sources. These sources can include something like a username and password and a smartphone app to approve authentication requests.
Keylogger: It sometimes called a keystroke logger or keyboard capture, is a type of surveillance technology used to monitor and record each keystroke on the operating system you are using, and check the paths of each keystroke goes through.
Backdoor: It accesses a computer system or encrypted data that bypasses the system’s customary security mechanisms. A developer may create a backdoor so that an application or operating system can be accessed for troubleshooting or other purposes.
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