IATE term of the week: Cyber-security

December 11, 2015 10:19 am

EU cybersecurity terminology

For many of you the term of this week might seem far from reality, an issue rather related to science fiction, suitable for a screenplay or, even better, a videogame’s plot eaten up by hackers and nerds. But, indeed, cybersecurity has become a real concern at an international scale; now it has finally arrived at European legislation.

As it has been recently discussed by Members of the European Parliament, cyber-attacks are real threats that may cause the disruption of “essential services we take for granted such as electricity, water, healthcare, or transport services.”

The US government, the most active actor of the so-called cyber war together with China, is especially careful in this matter spending $12 million a year on cybersecurity and often stressing the worldwide incensement of cyber-attacks “by 12-fold from 2006 to 2014, from 5,503 to 67,168”, according to data released by Business Insider.

In the face of this threat, therefore, a common set of rules on cybersecurity is being undertaken by the 28 EU members states for the very first time in history. The first EU-wide legislation on this matter that will force companies’ online services to make sure they are strong enough to face cyber-attacks and also to report them.

Bringing this topic closer to the field which concerns us, the terminology list under the cyber domain grows as fast as the number of attacks (check here cyber-attacks globally in real time). In this glossary about cyber safety you can find an up to date list of them. In relation to this, you might find also interesting our Neologisms database.

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Written by Ana Escaso Moreno
Trainee at TermCoord
Journalist & Social Media manager


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