Glossary

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.

threat

A circumstance, event, or person with the potential to cause harm to a system in the form of destruction, disclosure, modification of data, or denial of service.

An unwanted occurrence, such as a virus or a worm, that may result in harm to an asset. Threats often exploit vulnerabilities.

1. A virus, worm, mass-mailer worm, or Trojan horse. 2. A circumstance, event, or person with the potential to cause harm to a system in the form of destruction, disclosure, modification of data, or denial-of-service. See also virus.

A functioning exploit or malicious code.