The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

key management

The establishment and enforcement of message encryption and authentication procedures to provide privacy-enhanced mail (PEM) services for electronic mail transfer over the Internet.

A variable value in cryptography that is applied (using an algorithm) to a string or block of unencrypted text to produce encrypted text. A key is also a series of numbers or symbols that are used to encode or decode encrypted data.