I like the definition in Kaufman-Perlman-Speciner:

"A completely generic term used by the security community to include both people and computer systems. Coined because it is more dignified than 'thingy' and because 'object' and 'entity' (which also means thingy) were already overused."


Sean W. Smith, Ph.D.  [EMAIL PROTECTED]  www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~sws/
Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH USA

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