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.


A set of assets assigned to one or more Data Processing Services (DPS). Assigning sites to a DPS facilitates load balancing, data collection, data evaluation, and reporting from the assets that are assigned to a site.

A group of managed computers that is usually based on one or more subnets.

A collection of one or more Symantec Mail Security 8200 Series appliances, in which exactly one appliance is a Control Center, and one or more appliances are Scanners. If the site consists of one appliance, that appliance will include the Control Center and a Scanner.

One or more Symantec Policy Managers, one Policy Manager database, optionally one or more Symantec Enforcers, and the clients that connect to the Policy Manager. The local site is the Policy Manager that you are logged on to and administrators can view remote sites from the local site.