ISC Feature of the Week: Glossary

Published: 2012-09-27
Last Updated: 2012-09-27 18:55:28 UTC
by Adam Swanger (Version: 1)
3 comment(s)


Our feature today is a page we just launched, the Glossary: Terms and Definitions page at! This page allows for browsing and list filtering of Computer and Security-related terms and definitions. There is also an API  at which I'll also detail below.

We will soon be adding a Suggest a New Term or Definition form where you can contribute your thoughts to the list.


Overview -

Description of page sections, API and displays current number of Terms in the system.

List of Terms -

Text box will dynamically filter the multi-column list to terms that contain what you enter. For example, if you start typing 'by' the list will be restricted to terms such as 'byte' and 'gethostbyaddr'. Delete characters you've typed to expand list back to all terms.

Clicking the term will jump down to the matching Term and Definition section.

List of Definitions -

A heading row with the Alpha-numeric preface is above each section. The quick links under the title at the top of the page contains number and letter links to each header section such as

The term and definition list alphabetically. Keep an eye out for a "Share Term" and "Suggest a definition" link soon.

Glossary API -

The API outputs all terms and definitions by default.

You can add a partial or full word to the url to "search" for a matching term.


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Adam Swanger, Web Developer (GWEB, GWAPT)
Internet Storm Center


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3 comment(s)


I think this is a great idea. Often times terms are thrown out by more advanced people assuming that everyone (newbies) understand them. Having a place to look some of them up quickly may make it easier. Any chance that when you publish articles that the terms in the glossary could have an underline (or other font/formatting) so you could hover/click for the definition. This might be helpful, but if an article has a million terms I guess it could get a bit cluttered). Also, sorry if I missed, but are you going to add the Glossary to the "Tools" menu ?
This is really useful. I'd like to see entries for MITM, MITB :-)
EVVJSK: Thanks! Added to menu and Tools list page

anon: Good ones! Keep an eye out for the Suggest a Term form coming soon

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