We Need A New Word For Cyber

An Article for Dark Reading by Denim Group Principal John Dickson

November 23rd, 2015

It’s time to find an alternative for ‘cyber’ (an adjective or noun) before the term – like ‘google’ — becomes a verb.

One of the hits of Black Hat 2015 in Las Vegas was a T-shirt featuring a growling Sam Jackson from one of Pulp Fiction’s more memorable scenes. Pointing his oversized handgun downrange, Jackson’s character threatens, “Say Cyber One More Time…” There was at least one word at the end that added even more emphasis, but the message was clear. Some clever designer captured what many security folks at the conference quietly thought. The word “cyber” has become so overused it is nearly meaningless. The term “cyber” has risen to the level of “information superhighway” or “web 2.0” and is clearly a target for ridicule. At the same time, others, mostly .gov and .mil guys, still use it in a forceful and matter of fact way.

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About John Dickson

John Dickson is an internationally recognized security leader, entrepreneur and Principal at Denim Group, Ltd. He has nearly 20 years' hands-on experience in intrusion detection, network security and application security in the commercial, public and military sectors. As a Denim Group Principal, he helps executives and Chief Security Officers (CSO's) of Fortune 500 companies, including major financial institutions, launch and expand their critical application security initiatives.