We are a global information security consulting firm based in the United States and this is our cybersecurity style guide. This guide is designed for security researchers. It provides advice on which terms to use in reports, how they should look in the middle of a sentence, and how to pronounce them out loud. Since the terms are listed alphabetically, you’ll find serious usage advice right next to playful entries about internet culture.
Each term earned its place by being unintuitive in some way:
- It may look like a non-technical word (execute, pickling, shell)
- It may be uniquely written (BeEF, LaTeX, RESTful)
- It may not follow a clear pattern (web page vs. website)
- It may have a very specific technical distinction (invalidated vs. unvalidated)
- Or its meaning may change depending on the context (crypto, PoC, red teaming)
Download cyber.dic on GitHub to add the useful terms from the style guide to your word processor’s spell check dictionary.