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The Devil’s Information Security Dictionary

Andrew Jaquith Andrew Jaquith Follow Nov 14, 2005 · 1 min read
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Just saw the very funny Devil’s InfoSec Dictionary on the CSO site. Of course, I had to add a few definitions of my own:

  • Blended threat: a hemlock smoothie
  • Process, Security Is A: a throw-away line that explains why security measurement is impossible
  • Risk management: a repeated process around the Hamster Wheel of Pain that vendors use to enumerate vulnerabilities you didn’t know you had, followed by serial remediation of same. See “remediation”
  • Remediation: furious arm-flapping and showy activity designed to convince bosses that something is actually being done about vulnerabilities identified by third parties
  • Spear phishing: a sport undertaken by illiterate anglers
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I’m Andrew Jaquith, a Managing Director in financial services. I have worked for JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. Previously, I was CTO SilverSky, and former analyst with Forrester and Yankee Group. My interests include security and risk, anything data-related, app development, visualization, good writing and spirited discussion.