What is the difference between a security goal and a security aspect ? I know about the three network security goals Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. But I do not know much about security aspects.

  • I would think a security aspect is more narrow by definition. For example using SHA1 vs SHA2-256, aspects can be Key Derivation Function, choosing a mechanism of sharing secrets, etc. – VovCA Jul 26 '17 at 23:40

When you look at something from a security perspective, its security aspects emerge. That often refers to the security-related principles and concepts which are part of a particular technology. (This technology doesn't have to be about security itself.)


Anonymity is an important security aspect of wireless communications and has continuously attracted significant attention.


We know that establishing a person's identity is an important security aspect of government transactions.


As opposed to overall security goals, security aspects are specific to a product or technology and can't be generalized in the same way.

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  • Thanks for your reply. This however does not provide the academic definition of what a security aspect is. – sasuke_X220 Aug 1 '17 at 9:24
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    @sasuke_X220 That's because there is none. A security aspect is nothing more than the "security-related" part about something. It's not a precisely used term. – Arminius Aug 1 '17 at 12:43
  • I see. Security itself is an aspect from the standpoint of Aspect Oriented Programming for instance. – sasuke_X220 Aug 1 '17 at 14:00

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