The Acronym Battle in Cybersecurity is Getting Out of Hand

In the GRC and cybersecurity industries there is an ongoing battle of acronyms.

Everyday it seems like a new term or concept is being thrown around that only serves to further complicate an already complex landscape.

This constant barrage of new terminology can be confusing and overwhelming for organizations leaving them susceptible to cyber risk.

The Problem with Acronyms

While acronyms can be helpful in shorthand communication between risk professionals, they can also create misunderstanding and confusion when used excessively.

In many cases, organizations will adopt a new security measure or technology without fully understanding what it is or how it works.

This can lead to critical gaps in their defenses that leave them open to attack.

Furthermore, the use of acronyms can create divisions within an organization.

When different teams are using different terms to describe the same thing, it can lead to miscommunication and a lack of collaboration.

This can ultimately affect an organization’s ability to defend itself against cyber threats.

A Simple Solution

In order to mitigate the risks associated with the acronym battle in cybersecurity organizations need to simplify their communications.

Rather than using jargon-laden acronyms teams should focus on using clear and concise language that everyone can understand.

The clearest and most effective way to do this is with data – as they say… “Numbers Don’t Lie”

In reality, these numbers can be only be found in the results of a Security And Risk Assessment.

How To Simplify

To put it simply, most organizations need to engage a third party for a Security And Risk Assessment.

When it’s completed you should have a clear view of your cyber risks with a strategic path forward to improve your security and bottom line.

By doing a Security And Risk Assessment, organizations can avoid confusion and misunderstanding, and ensure that everyone is seeing the same data without mystifying acronyms or departmental terminology.

As a result you will finally understand your cyber risk as well as how to mitigate this risk.


Acronym battles in cybersecurity only create confusion and misunderstanding within organizations, increasing your cyber risk as a result.

In order to mitigate these risks organizations need to simplify their communications and use clear and concise language that everyone can understand.

The best way to start that process is by conducting a professional Security And Risk Assessment via a third party.

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