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Sensor

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  An intrusion detection and prevention system component that monitors and analyzes network activity and may also perform prevention actions.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-150 (NIST SP 800-94)

  A device that produces a voltage or current output that is representative of some physical property being measured (e.g., speed, temperature, flow).
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-82 Rev. 2 (The Automation, Systems, and Instrumentation Dictionary)

  A device that measures a physical quantity and converts it into a signal which can be read by an observer or by an instrument. A sensor is a device, which responds to an input quantity by generating a functionally related output usually in the form of an electrical or optical signal.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-82 Rev. 2