The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.


The process of receiving attributes from a parent object, such as a template.

A way of implementing security policies, which include rules and settings, across groups and subgroups. Security policies can be created globally so that they filter down to all subgroups. Traits that can be inherited include policies, locations (except default locations, which are not inherited), and group settings. Inheritance is turned on and off using a checkbox on the Policies tab (Use same policy as parent group). See also rule inheritance.