Cybersecurity is a new branch of technology that protects information that is stored digitally from online hackers, however, with such a vast subject, there is a plethora of unfamiliar words and acronyms that the everyday person would not know. As a cybersecurity company that knows A LOT about online security, we want to provide everyone with a few key acronyms and definitions that should help everyone speak our language better.

Below is a list of common acronyms that we use every day, but they are categorized by topic rather than alphabetically. Jump to the section that you might have the most interest in.


SIEMSecurity Information and Event Management

A SIEM is a deployable collector that provides a local network with real-time analysis of the environment’s activity. StratoZen’s FortiSIEM works across multiple vendors, devices, operating systems, etc. and reduces nearly 100% of all false positives.

ATPAdvanced Threat Protection

An alternative to the less-reliable anti-virus software that goes beyond point-in-time detection and analyzes files and traffic to find and counter advanced malware.

SWAT FeedStratoZen Worldwide Active Threat Feed

A threat intelligence feed that does not slip up while reading incomplete, old and/or erroneous address. In other words, a correlated list of data that will not give users false positives and that can be updated every hour.

SOCSecurity Operations Center

A focused area dedicated solely to customizing and enhancing the monitoring of a product like SIEM. The “place” where individuals within a company combat serious threats with reliable remedial steps — something all companies need.


CISOChief Information Security Offer

The company executive that ensures that their enterprise’s technology and information is not compromised by online hackers or other security threats.

MSP Managed Service Provider

The individual that helps companies find a cybersecurity company that will be able to protect their private information.

MSSP Managed Security Service Provider

Security providers for companies but unlike MSPs, MSSPs help the company prevent, detect, and/or respond to threats; MSPs simply provide a service and offer no remediation.

IT (Guys/Specialists)Information Technology

An individual or group of individuals that have advanced expertise in technology in order to manage electronic-related problems of optimization opportunities.


FISMAFederal Information Security Management and Modernization Acts

The 2002 and 2014 acts that hold companies legally responsible to set and comply with policies in order to secure other agencies’ information systems within the U.S. Federal government.

HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

Compliance laws pertaining to the 1996 act that give provisions to protecting the privacy/data of patients.

FFIECFederal Financial Institutions Examination Council

An institute that is concerned with the supervision of other financial institutions and their dealings between their services and their customers.

The list we’ve provided is not a comprehensive list and only covers some of the main acronyms we used in our day-to-day speech. If you were to step into our office, you might also hear us talking about VPNs, IDS/IDPs, MDR and more.

For those interested in our services, contact us today and we will be able to explain everything to you in understandable English.