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Cybersecurity Lexicon

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Luis Ayala
    Pages 1-1
  3. A
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    Pages 3-15
  4. B
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    Pages 17-27
  5. C
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    Pages 29-50
  6. D
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    Pages 51-60
  7. E
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    Pages 61-65
  8. F
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    Pages 67-72
  9. G
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    Pages 73-75
  10. H
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    Pages 77-81
  11. I
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    Pages 83-91
  12. J
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    Pages 93-94
  13. K
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    Pages 95-96
  14. L
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    Pages 97-101
  15. M
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    Pages 103-108
  16. N
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    Pages 109-112
  17. O
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    Pages 113-115
  18. P
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    Pages 117-125
  19. Q
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    Pages 127-127
  20. R
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    Pages 129-135
  21. S
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  22. T
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    Pages 157-163
  23. U
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    Pages 165-166
  24. V
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  25. W
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  27. Z
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  28. Luis Ayala
    Pages 199-200

About this book


This book offers easy-to-understand definitions of cybersecurity technical terminology and hacker jargon related to automated control systems common to buildings, utilities, and industry, and explains the threats and vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure. Although written primarily for building designers and maintenance personnel, much of the terminology applies to cyber-physical attacks in general.

Buildings today are automated because the systems are complicated so we depend on the building controls system (BCS) to operate the equipment. We also depend on a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to keep a record of what was repaired and to schedule required maintenance. SCADA, BCS, and CMMS can all be hacked.

The Cybersecurity Lexicon puts cyber jargon related to building controls all in one place. The book is a handy desk reference for professionals interested in preventing cyber-physical attacks against their facilities in the real world.

Discussion of cybers-physical attacks on automated control systems is clouded by a lack of standard definitions and a general misunderstanding about how bad actors can actually employ cyber technology as a weapon in the real world. The book provides:

  • Concepts related to cyber-physical attacks and building hacks are listed alphabetically with text easily searchable by key phrase.
  • Definitions of technical terms related to equipment controls common to industry, utilities, and buildings—much of the terminology also applies to cybersecurity in general.



Cybersecurity SCADA Systems Industrial Control Systems Cyber Booby-Trap Cybercasing Cybersecurity-Physical Attack Bluesnarfing Hi-Link Aurora Vulnerability Dictionary attack Cinderella attack Time Bomb attack Fork Bomb attack Logic Bomb attack Smurf attack Vampire Tap Water Holing

About the authors

Luis Ayala worked over 25 years for the Department of Defense with the past 11 years at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Prior to his appointment as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader in 2008, he held several leadership positions at the Branch and Division levels.

His tenure culminated with the position as Senior Technical Expert (facilities/construction). Mr. Ayala earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and he received his Master of Science and Technology Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. NIU is the Intelligence Community’s sole accredited, federal degree granting institution. His Master’s thesis titled “Cybersecure Facilities for the Intelligence Community” is classified. Mr. Ayala was awarded the DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal and the Civilian Combat Support Medal.

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