What is security?

  • (noun): A guarantee that an obligation will be met.
    Synonyms: surety
    See also — Additional definitions below


Security is the degree of protection to safeguard a nation, union of nations, persons or person against danger, damage, loss, and crime. Security as a form of protection are structures and processes that provide or improve security as a condition. The Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM) in the OSSTMM 3 defines security as "a form of protection where a separation is created between the assets and the threat". This includes but is not limited to the elimination of either the asset or the threat. Security as a national condition was defined in a United Nations study (1986): so that countries can develop and progress safely.

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Some articles on security:

Computer Security - Security By Design
... One approach to computer security is to consider security as one of the base features ... trails tracking system activity, so that when a security breach occurs, the mechanism and extent of the breach can be determined ...
Xpages - Security
... XPages applications and the document oriented database can be secured in multiple ways ... There is a so called ACL (access control list) which contains a list of users, groups and roles and their access rights ...
President Of Ireland - Security and Transport
... protected by armed guards at all times and is encircled by security fencing ... At all times the President travels with an armed security detail which is provided by the SDU (Special Detective Unit - an elite wing of the Irish police force) ...
Transportation In The United States - Ownership and Jurisdiction
... The Transportation Security Administration has provided security at most major airports since 2001 ... of transportation, except for customs, immigration, and security, which are the responsibility of the United States Department of Homeland Security ... while the United States Coast Guard is the primary enforcer of law and security on US waterways ...
Computer Security
... Computer security is information security as applied to computers and networks. ...

More definitions of "security":

  • (noun): Measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc..
    Example: "Military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
    Synonyms: security measures
  • (noun): Freedom from anxiety or fear.
    Example: "The watch dog gave her a feeling of security"
  • (noun): The state of being free from danger or injury.
    Example: "We support the armed services in the name of national security"
  • (noun): Defense against financial failure; financial independence.
    Example: "His pension gave him security in his old age"
    Synonyms: protection
  • (noun): A formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends.
    Synonyms: certificate
  • (noun): Property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation.
    Example: "Bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"
    Synonyms: surety
  • (noun): A department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers.
    Example: "The head of security was a former policeman"
    Synonyms: security department

Famous quotes containing the word security:

    The reins of government have been so long slackened, that I fear the people will not quietly submit to those restraints which are necessary for the peace and security of the community.
    Abigail Adams (1744–1818)

    When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.
    Willa Cather (1876–1947)

    Modern children were considerably less innocent than parents and the larger society supposed, and postmodern children are less competent than their parents and the society as a whole would like to believe. . . . The perception of childhood competence has shifted much of the responsibility for child protection and security from parents and society to children themselves.
    David Elkind (20th century)