Some terms in this glossary come from the hacker community and others from the security professionals’ community. To truly understand computer security one must be familiar with both worlds. General networking terms are also included in this glossary.


access control: The process of limiting access to some resource only to authorized users, programs, or systems.

access control list: A list of entities, together with their access rights, that are authorized to have access to a resource.

access lockout policies: Policies regarding how many login attempts should be allowed before the account is locked.

account policies: Policies regarding account settings.

admin: Short for system administrator.

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