Definitions Edit

An adversary is

  • "[an] individual, group, organization, or government that conducts or has the intent to conduct detrimental activities."[1]
  • "1. [a]n entity that attacks a system. 2. [a]n entity that is a threat to a system."[2]
  • "[a] party acknowledged as potentially hostile to a friendly party and against which the use of force may be envisaged."[4]

Overview Edit

An adversary can be any individual, group, organization, or government that conducts activities, or has the intention and capability to conduct activities detrimental to critical assets. An adversary could include intelligence services of host nations, or third party nations, political and terrorist groups, criminals, rogue employees, and private interests. Adversaries can include insiders, outsiders, or the two acting in collusion.

References Edit

  1. DHS Risk Lexicon, at 7.
  2. Internet Security Glossary 15 (RFC 4949) (Ver. 2) (Aug. 2007).
  3. OPSEC Glossary of Terms.
  4. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, at 3.

See also Edit

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