NCSC’s ‘Cyber Security Advent Calendar’

Written by Eleanor Crouch, Digital Leaders

There are some words and phrases related to cyber security which are bandied about. Not just in our advice and guidance, but in the news and on social media. If we’re honest it is not always clear what they all mean and it is easy to be lost in a cloud of cyber security buzzwords.

We are keen on demystifying these terms so that when you see or hear them they’re not alien, and you’re not left feeling like you need a PhD in CyberSkillz to understand what it all means.

To help clear things up NCSC created a glossary. At the moment it contains a starter set of expressions and you can binge on the whole set now. They will be tweeting a term a day until Christmas (sort of a cyber security advent calendar*). Later in the month there will be an infographic available to download.

The advent started with ‘Incident’

Mitigation

Pentest

Vulnerability

Attacker

Hacker

Exploit

Malware

Virus

Malvertising

Download Attack

Breach

Brute Force Attack

Dictionary Attack

Pharming

Smishing

Insider Risks

Honeypot (honeynet)

Router

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Certificate

Data at rest

Credentials

App

Sanitisation

Browser

Platform

Network

 


Find more information here and here

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