vulnerability

What is vulnerability?

vulnerability meaning in Internet terms is Definition: A characteristic or specific weakness that renders an organization or asset (such as information or an information system) open to exploitation by a given threat or susceptible to a given hazard.
Extended Definition: Characteristic of location or security posture or of design, security procedures, internal controls, or the implementation of any of these that permit a threat or hazard to occur. Vulnerability (expressing degree of vulnerability): qualitative or quantitative expression of the level of susceptibility to harm when a threat or hazard is realized.
Related Term(s): weakness
Adapted from: DHS Risk Lexicon, CNSSI 4009, NIST SP 800-53 Rev 4

 

reference: Glossary | National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies

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