From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
- Information assurance : The combination of computer security, communications security, auditing and administrative controls such as physical security and personnel security clearances
- Information security : The set of policies and protective measures used to ensure appropriate confidentiality, integrity and availability to information; usually assumed to be information in a computer or telecommunications network but the principles extend to people and the physical world
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology : A private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research.
- Hacker ethic : Add brief definition or description
- Miscreant : One who enters a computer or computer network without authorization by the owner or administrator, regardless of the motivation for entry
- Cyberpunk : A philosophy and theme used in fiction, fashion, music, and technological design.
- Wetware hacker : Person who experiments with biological materials to advance knowledge, and does so in a spirit of creative improvisation.
- Malware : A term created from the words "malicious" and "software", used to describe undesirable or harmful software and changes to a computer.
- Free Software Foundation : Massachusetts-based non-profit organization founded by Richard Stallman to support the free software movement.
- GNU : A free operating system modeled after AT&T's UNIX, originally announced by Dr. Richard Stallman on September 27th, 1983. The acronym GNU stands for "GNU is not Unix" and is intended to be a play on words.
- Open source software : Software where the source code is freely modifiable and redistributable.
- Richard Stallman : Software engineer and hacker who founded the GNU project and Free Software Foundation.
- Source code : Human-readable code which a compiler turns into a compiled piece of software or an interpreter runs.