Definitions Edit

Fail safe (also spelled fail-safe) is

[t]he automatic termination and protection of programs or other processing operations when a hardware, software, or firmware failure is detected in a computer system.[1]
[p]ertaining to the automatic protection of programs and/or processing systems to maintain safety when a hardware or software failure is detected in a system.[2]
[a] device that fails in a manner that protects the safety of personnel and equipment.[3]

References Edit

  1. Auditing and Financial Management: Glossary of EDP Terminology, at 7.
  2. Department of Defense, National Computer Security Center, Glossary of Computer Security Terms (NCSC-TG-004, Ver. 1) (Oct. 21, 1988).
  3. ICS-CERT, Common Cyber Security Language (full-text).

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