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.

EAP Extensible Authentication Protocol

Sits inside PPP authentication protocol and provides a generalized framework for several different authentication methods. EAP is used to pass the authentication information between the supplicant (the wireless workstation) and the authentication server. The actual authentication is defined and handled by the EAP type. The access point acting as authenticator is only a proxy to allow the supplicant and the authentication server to communicate.