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 type of entity that is contained within the Directory Support Service. These entities include policy, asset, or standard. Objects are always the final level of the tree.

A single, unique addressable entity on a storage network. It is possible for objects to be present within objects. For example, while a tape array is an object, each individual tape drive within the array is also an object. A host is an object, and the HBA inside the host is also an object. Each object has one or more attributes and can be a member of one or more zones.

An entity that is defined to and recognized internally by VxVM. The VxVM objects are: volume, plex, subdisk, disk, and disk group. There are actually two types of disk objects—one for the physical aspect of the disk and the other for the logical aspect.