Cyber Acronyms Newbies Should Know


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When I started my Infosec journey one of the first things I quickly realised is that there are tons and tons of acronyms, and you just have to know them as you move along.

I had a glossary of such acronyms when I was learning and I found them recently. This is a list of some basic ones every beginner should know. I'd keep updating the list but feel free to add any I might have I might have missed.

A beginner would definitely find this helpful.

IP - Internet Protocol 

DNS - Domain Name System 

RFC - Request for comments

TCP - Transmission control Protocol 

HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol 

HTTPS - Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol

HTML - Hyper Text Markup Language 

DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol 

NIC - Network Interface Card

CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional

LAN - Local Area Network 

WAN - Wide Area Network 

WLAN - Wireless Local Area Network 

OSI - Open Systems Interconnention

MAC - Media Access Control

NAT - Network Address Translation

IANA - Internet Assigned Number Authority 

RIR - Regional Internet Registries 

TTPs - Tactics, Techniques and Procedures

SOC - Security Operations Center

ICMP - Internet Control Message Protocol 

CVE - Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures

RA - Router Advertisement 

RAT - Remote Access Trojan

SLAAC - Stateless Address Auto Configuration

GUA - Global Unicast Address 

GUI - Graphical User Interface

URI - Uniform Resourse Identifier

URL - Uniform Resourse Locator

URN - Uniform Resourse Name

UDP - User Datagram Protocol 

FTP - File Transfer Protocol 

ISO - International Organization for Standardization

SSH - Secure Shell

SMTP - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol 

TFTP - Trival File Transfer Protocol 

POP3 - Post Office Protocol version 3

IMAP - Internet Message Access Protocol 

SNMP - Simple Network Management Protocol 

CLI - Command Line Interface 

GRC - Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance

PSTN - Public Switched Telephone Network 

SaaS - Software as a Service 

PaaS - Platform as a Service 

IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service 

ITaaS - Information Technology as a Service 

DoS - Denial of Service

DDoS - Distributed Denial of Service

OSINT - Open Source Intelligence

COE - Common Operating Environment

CSMA/CA - Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance

If there's any you think a beginner should know please add them, hope to add more some, until then let's keep crushing it in our respective fields. 

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