cy·​ber | \ ˈsī-bər How to pronounce cyber (audio) \

Definition of cyber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or involving computers or computer networks (such as the Internet) the cyber marketplace

Definition of cyber- (Entry 2 of 2)

: computer : computer network cyberspace

Examples of cyber in a Sentence

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If a company is the victim of a cyber attack—say a financial firm who suffers a data breach—the loss of reputation and trust often costs more than recovering data and paying damages. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "In a world awash with information, power comes from knowing what data not to use," 10 July 2019 Walsh said before a reception Wednesday at the UTSA main campus to introduce him to university, military, cyber industry and community leaders. Krista Torralva,, "UTSA names first director of its National Security Collaboration Center," 10 July 2019 McKee has since gotten over the whole incident and hopes her suicide scare will prevent people from cyber bullying online. Brittany King,, "Teen Mom OG, 2 & 3: Where Are They Now?," 10 July 2019 The Iraq war veteran has been a critic of President Trump’s foreign policy and has advocated for investing in autonomous and cyber weapons, according to his campaign site. Melissa Gomez,, "Who are the Democratic candidates for president?," 8 July 2019 Mondelez was relying on a property insurance policy and Volk, the broker, said a standalone cyber policy might have offered better protection. Ian Duncan,, "As Florida cities use insurance to pay $1 million in ransoms to hackers, Baltimore and Maryland weigh getting covered," 5 July 2019 The investigation began in May when the Indiana State Police was contacted after a cyber tip was provided to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Sarah Brookbank,, "Middle school wrestling coach charged with possession of child porn," 2 July 2019 Persistent low-level cyber-skirmishing may be becoming normal. The Economist, "Breaking the nuclear deal ratchets up the conflict between Iran and America," 28 June 2019 The digital economy is another area where international cooperation could be transformative, as the risks to the global economy posed by state and non-state actors conducting cyber intrusions and attacks continue to grow. Susana Malcorra, Time, "This Year’s G20 Summit Is a Major Test of International Cooperation in a Trying Time," 28 June 2019

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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: computer



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: relating to computers or computer networks

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