Definition: SNMP is an acronym that stands for “simple network management protocol”. The standards are detailed by the IETF and outline how networks and their devices are managed. The simple network management protocol reports on the operational condition of network components. Administrators specify certain conditions on the devices to be monitored in real-time. Should an alert condition arise notification is sent. A physical security system, such as an Internet burglar alarm, is likely to be using the network management protocol. An alert is sounded if a secured door being monitored is opened in an unauthorized manner.

Its Relevance: A network whose security posture is monitored by a simple network management protocol regime is particularly strong. The protocol itself can be programmed to behave in a number of ways. Anomalous conditions can be immediately reported to management.

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