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ISO’s Glossary of IT Security Terminology

Posted by Jaime Raphael Licauco, CISSP, GSEC on August 24, 2009

Since I haven’t put up my own Glossary of IT Security Terms, and there are tons of reputable sources on the web, I’ll will be linking to them instead.

First up is the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Sub-Committee 27’s Standing Document 6: Glossary of IT Security Terminology. It is a freely downloadable zipped Excel file with around 1,700 rows of definitions (some of which repeat depending on the reference material and working group). It also references the source document, and it is as of April 29, 2009. A Sample of the document follows:


automated recognition of individuals based on their behavioural and biological characteristics NOTE Definition from [2].

ISO/IEC FDIS 19792: 2009-04-16


Please note that FDIS stands for Final Draft International Standard. Working group 3 works on “Security Evaluation Criteria.” Please see here for more on the different Working Groups of SC27. The recently published ISO/IEC 19792’s title is, “Information technology — Security techniques — Security evaluation of biometrics”.


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