Enterprise Vulnerability Management Definitions

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    advanced persistent threat (APT)

    An advanced persistent threat is a network attack in which an unauthorized person gains access to a network and stays there undetected for a long period of time. The purpose of an APT attack is to steal data rather than to cause damage.

  • C

    CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System)

    The CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) rates the severity of software vulnerabilities so organizations are able to prioritize mitigation.

  • D

    differential power analysis (DPA)

    A differential power analysis (DPA) attack is an exploit based on analysing the correlation between the electricity usage of a chip in a smart card and the encryption key it contains.

  • N

    network vulnerability scanning

    A vulnerability scan detects and classifies system weaknesses in computers, networks and communications equipment and predicts the effectiveness of countermeasures.

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