Government security Definitions

  • D

    Defense Message System (DMS)

    The Defense Message System (DMS) is a secure X.400-based e-mail system developed by the United States government in conjunction with industry partners to ensure safety for critical operations.

  • E

    Echelon

    Echelon is an officially unacknowledged U.S.-led global spy network that operates an automated system for the interception and relay of electronic communications.

  • EINSTEIN

    EINSTEIN monitors and analyzes Internet traffic when it moves in and out of U.S. federal computer networks.

  • encryption

    In computing, encryption is the method by which plaintext or any other type of data is converted from a readable form to an encoded version that can only be decoded by another entity if they have access to a decryption key.

  • F

    Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)

    The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is United States legislation that defines a comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations and assets against natural or man-made threats.

  • Fortezza

    Fortezza, Italian for "fortress," is a family of security products trademarked by the US government's National Security Agency.

  • N

    National Security Agency (NSA)

    The National Security Agency is the official U.S. cryptologic organization of the United States Intelligence Community under the Department of Defense.

  • U

    United States Secret Service (USSS)

    The United States Secret Service (USSS) is a federal law enforcement agency mandated by Congress to carry out two sets of primary objectives: provide protection for designated sites and events as well as national and visiting leaders, and preserve the integrity of the U.S. economy by safeguarding the nation's financial infrastructure and payment systems.

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