Cybersecurity Acronyms Cheat Sheet

This reference guide details essential cybersecurity acronyms and terminology to help you speak like a seasoned security expert.

Christopher Tozzi, Technology analyst

May 6, 2024

1 Min Read
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Excelling in cybersecurity requires mastery of a broad range of security skills — like how to manage vulnerabilities, how to interpret cybersecurity metrics, and how to design systems to be resilient against attack.

But before you learn all that, you need to know how to speak like a cybersecurity expert. You must be able to explain the difference between an APT and AES, or how IAM differs from PAM.

To that end, we've prepared this Cybersecurity Acronyms Cheat Sheet to serve as a reference guide for cybersecurity acronyms you should be familiar with in 2024. It covers basic security acronyms that have been around for decades, as well as some trendier terms that have emerged only in recent years.

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About the Author(s)

Christopher Tozzi

Technology analyst, Fixate.IO

Christopher Tozzi is a technology analyst with subject matter expertise in cloud computing, application development, open source software, virtualization, containers and more. He also lectures at a major university in the Albany, New York, area. His book, “For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution,” was published by MIT Press.

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