The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.


A method for managing backup jobs and strategies. Policies contain settings for jobs.

In Backup Exec, a method for managing backup jobs and strategies. Policies contain templates, which provide settings for jobs.

Defines the backup characteristics for a group of one or more clients that have similar backup requirements.

A set of guidelines that are issued by a company to its employees to keep the company compliant with certain government regulations. The guidelines help to maintain the company’s standards and reputation.

A set of rules that control the execution of automated actions. Policies can be scheduled or based on incoming data that triggers an immediate action. Policies determine when an action should start and who or what should be notified of the results.

1. A document (hardcopy or electronic) that outlines specific requirements or rules that must be met. 2. The activities or states that are allowed, required, or forbidden within a specific environment.

See security policy.

A set of message filtering instructions that Symantec Brightmail Gateway implements on a message or set of messages. See also filter policy, policy group.

A set of instructions that Symantec Scan Engine implements on a file, Web content, or email messages. You can also set policies for scanning.

A set of rules, or configuration settings, that are applied across a number of objects in the storage network. You establish policies to help you monitor and manage the network. Each policy associates certain sets of conditions with storage resources and defines actions to be taken when these conditions are detected. See also collector.