Learning about cyber security can be overwhelming, but we got you covered.

Here are the most frequently used acronyms in the cyber security industry.

  1. AES – Advanced Encryption Standard

AES is an algorithm that encrypts and decrypts data in 128 bit blocks.

It came about in 1997, when the National Institute of Standards & Technology decided that the Data Encryption Standard (DES) needed a successor.

AES is its faster predecessor and is much more secure since it uses longer key lengths.

  1. DLP – Data Loss Prevention

DLP ensures that end users do not send sensitive information outside of a corporation’s network. It can be either a strategy plan or a software product for network administrators.

It is designed to prevent an employee from accidentally or maliciously leaking private business data.

  1. DDoS – Distributed Denial-of-Service attack

A DDoS attack aims to make a website or network unavailable to its users. The attack accomplishes this by overwhelming the service with traffic from various sources.

According to Verisign, one third of all downtime incidents can be attributed to DDoS attacks.

  1. RTO – Recovery Time Objective

A recovery time objective is the maximum acceptable amount of time that a resource can be down after either a failure or a breach occurs.

Downtime is costly for businesses and having an RTO in mind can help lead decisions on handling that downtime. An RTO is important to include in any cybersecurity disaster recovery plan.

  1. VPN – Virtual Private Network

A VPN connects two computers securely over public telecommunications infrastructure. VPNs encrypt all data passing between two Internet points to maintain privacy & security.

If you’d like to go beyond acronyms and could use a refresher on some other common cybersecurity terms, click here for more definitions.

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