Actuator

Actuator definition in Computer Security terms:

Acronym(s): None

Definition(s): A device for moving or controlling a mechanism or system. It is operated by a source of energy, typically electric current, hydraulic fluid pressure, or pneumatic pressure, and converts that energy into motion. An actuator is the mechanism by which a control system acts upon an environment. The control system can be simple (a fixed mechanical or electronic system), software-based (e.g. a printer driver, robot control system), or a human or other agent.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-82 Rev. 2

Synonym(s): None

 

reference: CSRC Glossary