[Updated 2033 hrs Central: I’ve made a few tweaks to the definition.]
I’ve thought of ingenious ways of creating words that are both funny and meaningful. Reason for this way of thinking is the ever-growing number of cyber threats, attacks and vulnerabilities, and how little we (as a society in general) are doing anything about it.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I introduce a newly-created word called a “cyberg”.
- a portmanteau or a portmanteau word representing a linguistic blending of two (2) words, “cyber” and “iceberg”, representing a concatenation of “cyber iceberg”, “cyberized iceberg”, or “cyberg”; see definitions below for further explanation.
- the initial state of a cyber threat or vulnerability in which one or more threats and/or vulnerabilities exist, requiring further action or additional investigation in which the amount of effort (time, materials, or resources) is unknown or indeterminate at the time of initial review.
- the condition by which an unknown trigger (such as an event, incident, failure, damage, or otherwise) has caused a situation to exist whereby the operational state of a cyber system, its environment, and safety status, has shifted to an indeterminate state that may be considered unsafe, based on previously established environmental conditions.
- a cyber-related condition whereby a threat or warning of a possible threat results in either misinterpretation or lack of understanding, resulting in no corrective action taken.*
- a threat or perceived threat in which any or all potential negative consequences have or will exceed that which is apparently visible (i.e.; two-thirds of an iceberg is submerged).**
[*] (n.) Simplified variation of definition #3 provided by Vytautas Butrimas.
[**] (adj.) Additional definition #4 provided by Thomas Minton.