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Brian E. Finch, a partner at a leading law firm where he specializes in cyber security issues, has come up with a clever list of cyber terms he feels may find themselves in the dictionary at some point. After all, he reasons, if "selfie" and "ginormous" can become part of our lexicon, why not "Finch's Law" and other terms he has coined to denote the serious and long-lasting effects that cyber security is having on our businesses and our society. So reports Fox Business.

Here are some choice selections from Finch's list of dictionary entries:

  • Finch's Law: the gist of this term is that cyber attackers will always be a step or two ahead of whatever cyber defenses we can muster.
  • In-law Problem: the concept that, when buying into or partnering with another business, there are potential advantages (synergies) as well as pitfalls – namely inadequate information systems that are infected with malware.
  • The Digital Ostrich: ignoring digital and cyber threats won't make them go away. Cyber security threats and attacks are ongoing; claims by a firm that it didn't know of an attack or breach doesn't absolve it from the corporate responsibility to investigate it.
  • Snowdentification: named for the National Security Agency information leaker Edward Snowden, this is "the jumbled process that causes concern over privacy to bleed into cyber security issues." Finch sees this as a serious concern, because in terms of cyber defense, security is of little or no concern – or shouldn't be.

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