Security Glossary - M

This glossary has been created to assist security professionals in defining security terms commonly used by the profession and the industry, worldwide. It is a developing list that will be maintained, and where appropriate, modified, and changed over time. Terms borrowed from related fields, such as engineering, investigations, safety, etc. will be included when deemed necessary for the security professional.

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Definition
management plan

​(1) Clearly defined and documented plan of action, typically covering the key personnel, resources, services, and actions needed to implement the incident management process.
[ASIS SPC.1-2009]  [ANSI/ASIS PAP.1-2012]
(2) Clearly defined and documented plan of action, typically covering the key personnel, resources, services, and actions needed to implement the event management process.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012]

management system

​(1) System to establish policy and objectives and to achieve those objectives.
Note: Management systems are used by organizations to develop their policies and to put these into effect via objectives and targets, using:
     — An organizational structure where the roles, responsibilities, authorities, etc., of people are defined;
     — Systematic processes and associated resources to achieve the objectives and targets:
     — Measurement and evaluation methodology to assess performance against the objectives and targets, with feedback of results used to plan improvements to the system; and
     — A review process to ensure problems are corrected and opportunities for improvement are recognized and implemented, when justified.
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012]

(2) Framework of policies, processes, and procedures used to ensure that an organization can fulfill all tasks required to achieve its objectives.
Note: Management systems are used by organizations to establish their policies, objectives, and targets; determine and allocate resources; define roles and authorities; implement procedures; and evaluate performance in order to achieve desired outcomes and objectives.
[ANSI/ASIS/RIMS RA.1-2015]

management system standard

​A framework of processes and procedures used to ensure that an organization perform activities needed to achieve its objectives.
[ANSI/ASIS INV.1-2015]

manual evacuation

​The physical removal of people and property by hand to another, more secure location.
[ASIS GDL TASR 04 2008]

misdemeanor

​A crime that is less serious than a felony and is typically punishable by fine, penalty, forfeiture, or confinement (usually for up to one year) in a place other than prison (such as county jail).
[ASIS GDL PBS-2009]

mitigation

​Limitation of any negative consequence of a particular incident. [ISO/PAS 22399:2007]
[ASIS SPC.1-2009]  [ANSI/ASIS PAP.1-2012]

mitigation strategies

​Implementation of measures to lessen or eliminate the occurrence or impact of a crisis.
[ASIS GDL BC 01 2005]

MOA

​Memorandum of agreement.
[ASIS GDL TASR 04 2008]

monitoring

(1) ​Continual checking, supervising, critically observing, or determining the status in order to identify change from the performance level required or expected. [ISO Guide 73:2009]
[ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012]

(2) Ongoing scrutiny, oversight, evaluation, and situational awareness for determining the current status and to identify changes in the internal and external environments as well as performance.
[ANSI/ASIS/RIMS RA.1-2015]

MOU

​Memorandum of understanding.
[ASIS GDL TASR 04 2008]

mutual aid agreement

​A pre-arranged agreement developed between two or more entities to render assistance to the parties of the agreement.  [ISO/PAS 22399:2007]
[ASIS SPC.1-2009]