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.


1. An event that can compromise your network security. 2. A threat (such as a virus, worm or Trojan horse) or a security risk (such as adware and spyware).

The risk rating is an overall assessment of hazards posed by an instance of a malicious code or a security risk. The degree of risk is calculated from the values of Infection Potential, Prevalence, Impact, and Target Distribution. The rating ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 5.