security risk


  1. a person considered by authorities as likely to commit acts that might threaten the security of a country.

security risk


  1. a person deemed to be a threat to state security in that he could be open to pressure, have subversive political beliefs, etc

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Word History and Origins

Origin of security risk1

First recorded in 1950–55

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Example Sentences

In the case of advanced medical equipment like PET scanners or radiotherapy equipment, Israel bans them entirely as part of a “dual use” policy that assesses them as security risks.

He has rejoined the World Health Organization, scrapped a ban on travel from majority-Muslim countries and pushed pause on deportations for those in the country illegally but don’t pose an immediate security risk.

From Time

Despite ample evidence to support the concern that insider threats pose high security risks in nuclear and radiological environments, little has been done at the policy level.

Counties and hospitals with limited resources and basic infrastructure are not pandemic prepared, nor have they been briefed on the security risks posed by third-party websites that make money by harvesting the data associated with signups.

It would also require those companies to audit all processes involving sensitive data—including personally identifiable, biometric, and genetic information—for privacy and security risks.

Somebody suggests that if proved they could seriously damage public confidence in the state, posing a national security risk.

Finally, in the spring of 1947, Holtsman dropped Spitz as an agent, terming him a security risk.

“Four decades ago, being gay was considered a security risk and it could end your career,” Guest told The Daily Beast.

I believe this disease has the potential to be a national security risk for many nations.

The vast majority of women in prison, like Craig, are nonviolent offenders who pose a very low security risk.

Once the job was done—if he were possessed of all information on it—he might be incarcerated or even shot as a Security risk.

They allege that the planetoid is a security risk, in that it could be used for remote-control bombing of any of their planets.

You felt he constituted no security risk to the United States?

Quite apart from the party, from party membership, was it your conclusion that he was—he did not constitute a security risk?

He was a security risk of a sort, but not the type of person who would engage in violence.


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