security through obscurity
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- (computer security) Relying on a potential attacker's lack of knowledge as a means of security.
- 1990, W Cattey, The Evolution of turnin A Classroom Oriented File Exchange Service, USENIX Summer Conference:
- This security through obscurity proved adequate for our prototype, but it was unacceptable for a turnin service in wide use.
- 2006, Harold F. Tipton, Micki Krause, Information Security Management Handbook:
- According to security-through-obscurity advocates, if we carefully hide our gaping vulnerabilities from our enemies, the bad guys will give up in frustration when they cannot easily find holes.
- 2008, Shon Harris, CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide:
- Things such as security through obscurity become common practices that usually have damaging results.