Joint Terminology for Cyberspace Operations

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Joint Terminology for Cyberspace Operations


This memorandum provides definitions that are often used when discussing cyberspace issues. The document aims to create a common language or group of terms that everyone involved in the government, military and private sectors can understand each other.

Many scholars, government and military officials and security experts acknowledge that no one really knows what "cyberwar" is or what even constitutes a cyber attack. Having an official document which tries to create common language is imperative to have a successful security/defense plan.

This memorandum is used in the glossary.


Department of Defense


November 2010



James E. Cartwright, "Joint Terminology for Cyberspace Operations," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #51, (accessed November 30, 2021).