Browse Definitions :
Definition

security through minority

Security through minority is an approach that relies upon infrequently-used code for its effectiveness. 

The approach is a subcategory of security through obscurity, which depends upon secret or little-known code to provide protection. Security through minority relies on the knowledge that hackers looking for vulnerabilities to exploit typically seek commonly-used software to maximize their sales of malware and hacking scripts and increase the number of computers they can reach.

A related strategy, security through obsolescence, depends on the fact that obsolete software is a less-attractive and more difficult target for an attacker. Security through minority, security through minority and security through obscurity are all deprecated approaches.  The preferred model is security by design, which seeks to make systems as impervious to attack as possible through their conception and development.

This was last updated in July 2015

Continue Reading About security through minority

SearchCompliance
  • OPSEC (operations security)

    OPSEC (operations security) is a security and risk management process and strategy that classifies information, then determines ...

  • smart contract

    A smart contract is a decentralized application that executes business logic in response to events.

  • compliance risk

    Compliance risk is an organization's potential exposure to legal penalties, financial forfeiture and material loss, resulting ...

SearchSecurity
  • DOS (disk operating system)

    A DOS, or disk operating system, is an operating system that runs from a disk drive. The term can also refer to a particular ...

  • private key

    A private key, also known as a secret key, is a variable in cryptography that is used with an algorithm to encrypt and decrypt ...

  • security token

    A security token is a physical or digital device that provides two-factor authentication for a user to prove their identity in a ...

SearchHealthIT
SearchDisasterRecovery
  • What is risk mitigation?

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • change control

    Change control is a systematic approach to managing all changes made to a product or system.

  • disaster recovery (DR)

    Disaster recovery (DR) is an organization's ability to respond to and recover from an event that affects business operations.

SearchStorage
  • What is RAID 6?

    RAID 6, also known as double-parity RAID, uses two parity stripes on each disk. It allows for two disk failures within the RAID ...

  • PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive)

    A PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive) is a high-speed expansion card that attaches a computer to its peripherals.

  • VRAM (video RAM)

    VRAM (video RAM) refers to any type of random access memory (RAM) specifically used to store image data for a computer display.

Close