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mechanism

Definition(s):

  A process or system that is used to produce a particular result. The fundamental processes involved in or responsible for an action, reaction, or other natural phenomenon. A natural or established process by which something takes place or is brought about. Refer to security mechanism. Note: A mechanism can be technology- or nontechnology-based (e.g., apparatus, device, instrument, procedure, process, system, operation, method, technique, means, or medium).
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-160 Vol. 1

  A process or system that is used to produce a particular result. The fundamental processes involved in or responsible for an action, reaction, or other natural phenomenon. A natural or established process by which something takes place or is brought about. Refer to security mechanism. Note: A mechanism can be technology- or nontechnology-based (e.g., apparatus, device, instrument, procedure, process, system, operation, method, technique, means, or medium).
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-160 Vol. 1

  An operating system entry point or separate operating system support program that performs a specific action or related group of actions.
Source(s):
NISTIR 5153 under Mechanism