July 7, 2022

By: Gerald Dawkins, PhD, Chief Technology Officer at Cerberus Security

Cyber ​​security giants often get angry when they see the word “cyber” used outside the compound. Some have abandoned the fight by adopting this pop culture terminology where a prefix is ​​used as a universal term. In cyberspace (yes, one word) it seems to be used in non-technical circles as the label of choice for all the ethereal things we imagine to be “somewhere out there”. So, a modifier becomes a term, by the way? The fact is that when it comes to naming fast-paced and young industries like cybersecurity, pop culture struggles with new concepts, weird terminology and capabilities that they would not have imagined, even in later times.War games. Yet, the ability of a word to bear meaning and carry meaning across industries and cultures depends on the internal torque it has to carry through generations and innovations – and how well it tolerates conversion.

In the 21st century, many – if not most – assume that the word “cyber” is a Portmanto or a mixture of two words derived from other words, but that is not the case. The term has evolved and used morphs over the years, as well as debates.

However, one thing is clear: cyber is firmly rooted in our local language. Cyber ​​can be attached to almost anything to give a prophetic or technical voice, but its origin is ancient: it can be found in the Greek translations of the Old Testament.

To see a glimpse of the debate in the technical community about what cyber means and how to use it, look at where cyber comes from the evolution of its use.

Cyber ​​can be traced back to the 40s

Cybernetics preceded cyberpunk or cybersecurity. In the late 1940s, cybernetics emerged as a study of control systems and communication between people and machines. Today, it has evolved into a transdisciplinary approach to regulatory systems. Cybernetics influences games, systems and organizational theory.

Cybernetics comes from the Greek cybernetes, which refers to a pilot or steersman. Related is the Greek word kubernēsis which means “gift of government” and applies to leadership. The study of cybernetics involves computer science, engineering and biology and their advances, so keep in mind everything in the future.

How did you get to “cyber”?

As a standalone term, cyber is a neologism based on cybernetics and from it, many derivative terms came into existence to describe everything from internet jobs to types of crime and even minor incidents.

The first two common derivations from cyber that came into common use were cyberspace and cyberpunk. Here is a summary of some common words derived from cyber, their definition, origin and usage.

Common cyber compounds

Cyberspace – First used in a short story in 1982, Cyberspace now refers to anything related to the Internet.

Cyberpunk – Cyberpunk Cyberpunk first appeared in the New Wave sci-fi novels in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Cyber ​​Security – The first use of the word cyber security is in 1989 (the same year cyberporn was used) but only cyber security was used as an expression.

Cyber ​​Crime – There are many types of cyber crimes ranging from financial fraud to cyberstocking, cyber defamation, theft, forgery and any criminal malpractice involving the internet.

Cyber ​​Defense – Also known as cyber security, it is the detection, prevention and response of cyber crimes. It is more often associated with military and government agencies.

Cybrops – Briefly for cyber operations, cybrops is an interdisciplinary field of study that covers cyberspace and operations and ranges from technical to non-technical.

The list above contains examples of mixed words (when two words are joined together – such as a keyboard), as well as examples of Portmanteau’s cyber usage (when new words are formed without complete elements of any word – such as brunch or spark). Most of the cyber Portmanto prefixes below use “cy” as a type.

CyberDelic – Made from cyber and psychedelic, cyberdelic can refer to the art, revs or immersive experiences that psychedelic drugs burn on the Internet.

Cyborg – It is technically a marriage of cybernetic and organism, it refers to something made up of both organic and biomecatronic parts.

Siberian – A cyber librarian, or cyberrian for short, is a researcher or librarian who relies on the internet for their information.

Cybernotes – Cybernote is a person who experiences online using sensory and virtual reality (VR) equipment.

And last but not least: Cyber ​​Monday, Without the word portmanteau or compound, cyber is one of the most well-known phrases related to this word. It follows Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and is an online shopping day that has now expanded into Cyber ​​Week.

Is cybersecurity a word or two?

Some prefer cybersecurity as one word and some as two words. Some even like to hyphenate as cyber-security. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the Associated Press both reject the hyphenated and two-word versions. The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses it as a term.

Suzanne Kemer, a professor of linguistics at Rice University, says cyber security should be a word because cyber is not a “free-standing word” but a binding morpheme, which creates new words by a combination of words. “Bio, neo, photos are all parallel examples,” says Kemer, adding that it’s “bioinformatics, not bioinformatics.”

Kemar also said that even though industry experts have tried to “hold their own meetings”, she believes that “normal.” [one-word] The pattern will largely prevail in the language. “Given this expert opinion as well as the dictionary and AP style convention, it seems that the use of a single word will eventually become the norm.

Sometimes used synonymously, information security and cyber security are not interchangeable. NIST defines cybersecurity as “the ability to protect or protect the use of cyberspace from cyber attacks.” To differentiate, NIST defines information security as “protection of information and information systems from unauthorized access करण्यासाठी to provide privacy, integrity and availability”.

The culture of cybersecurity, or CSC, is based on these definitions and goes above and beyond the maneuvers to include broader strategic and holistic commitments from employees at all levels in a particular company and even from organizations. With the right tools and the right participation for ongoing training, cybersecurity can nurture an ever-evolving environment so that best practices and compliance remain agile while risks and technologies change.

To learn how to transform your organization’s cybersecurity culture, contact Cerberus Sentinel.

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