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Definitions[]

Business[]

An agent is

a person who is authorized to act on behalf of another (the "principal") to create a legal relationship with a third party.

Computer systems[]

In the client-server model, the agent is

the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server application.[1]

Cybercrime[]

An agent is

[a] program used in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that sends malicious traffic to hosts based on the instructions of a handler."[2]

General[]

An agent is

a person who is authorized act on behalf of a principal and to enter into contracts to which the principal will be bound.

Intelligence[]

An agent is

one who is authorized or instructed to obtain or to assist in obtaining information for intelligence or counterintelligence purposes.[3]
one who is recruited, trained, controlled and employed to obtain and report information.[4]
a person who engages in clandestine intelligence activities under the direction of an intelligence organization, but is not an officer, employee, or co-opted worker of that organization.[5]

Military[]

An agent is "[a] person who engages in a clandestine activity."[6]

Software[]

An agent is "a program acting on behalf of a person or organization."[7]

See also Software agent.

Virtual reality[]

An agent is

a software program that can carry out fairly sophisticated tasks in unknown networked environments without human intervention; in other words a "smart" bot.[8]

References[]

  1. RFC 1392, Internet Glossary (Jan. 1993).
  2. NIST, Computer Security Incident Handling Guide, Glossary, at D-1 (NIST Special Publication 800-61, rev. 1) (Mar. 2008) (full-text).
  3. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, at 4.
  4. NATO Standardization Agency, NATO Glossary of Terms and Definitions 2-A-5 (2008) (full-text).
  5. National HUMINT Glossary.
  6. OPSEC Glossary of Terms (full-text).
  7. Web Services Glossary (Nov. 2, 2004).
  8. Consolidated List of Glossary Terms.

See also[]


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