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Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
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1.2 Obtaining Sophos Threatsaurus

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There are lots of technical terms relating to cyber security and it can be difficult to keep track of what’s what.

Sophos is one of the major players in the anti-malware business. They publish a Threatsaurus to help you remember and define the terms relating to malware. The Threatsaurus is a plain-English guide, to help IT managers and end users understand the threats posed by malicious software. The Threatsaurus includes:

  • an A–Z glossary on computer and data security threats
  • practical tips to stay safe from email scams, identity theft, malware and other threats
  • a guide to Sophos’s security software and hardware.

Download the Sophos Threatsaurus PDF from uploads/ files/ 3f/ d3/ 3fd36a66-d941-4595-b587-1a7b41998ae9/ Week_3_Sophos_Threatsaurus_AZ.pdf [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

We have provided the complete web address for this file, so that you can easily check that the link points to a trustworthy site – in this case In general, before clicking on any link you should develop the habit of checking the address that it points to. This can be done by hovering your mouse pointer over the link and checking the status bar of your browser. On a mobile or tablet device, touching and holding the link will usually bring up a dialog box showing the complete link and some options of how to open it.

Save it so that you can refer to it throughout the course. You’ll use it again in Week 3.