This is a term I ran across in a blog post by Troy Hunt (which was linked from an answer on this site):

I heard a perfect example of this just the other day when speaking to a security bod in a bank.

I searched the term in DuckDuckGo and found no definitions, though I found two "Inquirer" headlines that use the same phrase:

Linus Torvalds slams Google security bod's 'bullsh*t' approach to bugs


Security bod uncovers 15-year-old macOS zero-day flaw

I also found UK's "The Register" using the term in a headline.

What does this term mean and is there any etymology for it? (Neither "body" nor "board of directors" fits the context.)


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This is indeed English slang and therefore this question relates more to etymology than security.

Wiktionary describes it as:

(slang) A person. George was a bit of an odd bod.

2005, Richard Templar, The Rules of Management (page 73) There were cameras covering car parks, offices, corridors and storage areas in the basement. Result. The security bods started watching as if their lives depended on it.

(Emphasis mine)

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