Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


April 4, 2017  3:59 PM

cloud bursting

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Cloud bursting is an application deployment model in which an application normally runs in a private cloud or local data center but can also run in a public cloud when the demand for computing capacity spikes. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Real-world data changes, and file duplication requires data synchronization before cloud bursting can start.” – Jim O’Reilly

Learning Center
Built to burst: Which apps work well in a cloud bursting architecture?
A cloud bursting architecture comes in handy when there is a sudden increase in demand. Still, not every application is built to burst.

The cloud bursting bubble: Still no easy solution to compute spikes
Cloud bursting — the process of bursting in-house workloads to a public cloud — has been an unreachable ideal for all but the largest organizations.

Optimize your cloud bursting architecture through data duplication
A cloud bursting architecture allows you to use public cloud for additional capacity. Optimize performance with data duplication and sharding.

Is a cloud bursting architecture difficult to implement?
While a cloud bursting architecture can offer big benefits to an enterprise, it can also introduce challenges around latency, data and cost.

A cloud bursting architecture is a jump too far for many businesses
There’s understandable intrigue in cloud bursting architecture, but many businesses are not compatible with the technology.

Trending Terms
hybrid cloud
burst
private cloud
public cloud
data deduplication
sharding

Writing for Business
In a hybrid cloud, sensitive data and computing resources may be maintained in two _________ environments.
a. separate
b. seperate
Answer

April 3, 2017  2:10 AM

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

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CISO, CSO, Physical security

A Chief Security Officer (CSO) is the employee responsible for the physical security of a company, including its communication and business systems. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“If an organization ignores the physical layer of its network for the security assessment, it will face some challenges that could be easily avoided.” – Ernie Hayden

Learning Center
Why physical network security is a necessity for enterprises
Physical network security is easy to overlook, but it’s critical for the safety of organizations. Expert Ernie Hayden explains why.

Aflac CISO Tim Callahan on global security, risk management
With today’s cyberthreats, the Aflac CISO says security officers have to know more about intelligence and working with government and private industry.

An IT security strategy guide for CIOs
The only thing that separates your organization from the dangerous cyberthreat landscape is an effective IT security strategy. In this Essential Guide, get best practices for combating cyberthreats and crafting your IT security roadmap.

Identifying the warning signs of network intrusions
The signs of network intrusions are difficult to determine, but here’s some expert advice on how to recognize the warning signs.

Data center physical security gets a tougher look
Data center physical security is increasingly a topic that is getting a closer look, with tough questions, from organizations seeking colocation space.

Trending Terms
disaster recovery plan
CISO
information security
intrusion detection
physical security

Writing for Business
The number of security holes found during the penetration test left _________ shaken.
a. the CSO and me
b. the CSO and I
c. the CSO and myself
Answer


March 31, 2017  5:39 PM

data integrity

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Blockchain, Data integrity, Data Management

In data management, integrity is the assurance that digital information is uncorrupted and can only be accessed or modified by those authorized to do so. Integrity involves maintaining the consistency, accuracy and trustworthiness of data over its entire lifecycle. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The interesting thing from a data management perspective is that blockchain provides a complete, immutable, historical record that everyone in the network agrees with.” – Stewart Bond

Learning Center
Blockchain data disruption growing, IDC analyst says
IDC’s Stewart Bond discusses the potential impact of blockchain data architectures. It’s early, but the technology could someday change data governance.

How data governance software helps ensure the integrity of your data
Data governance software, one facet of a data governance program, helps organizations manage and ensure the integrity of their growing volumes of data.

Blockchain startups signal new approaches to data integrity
The Bitcoin phenomenon is fueling widespread development. The blockchain mechanisms that secure the Bitcoin network hold promise for security applications, says Robert Richardson.

Predictive analytics tools hinge on good data, business expertise
Predictive analytics tools won’t take you very far unless you have the right data — and the right people — involved from the get-go.

Blockchain: An answer to governmental hacking concerns
In a world of evolving cyberthreats, how can governments protect data? Enter blockchain, a growing presence as we move further into the IoT age.

Trending Terms
blockchain
hashing
confidentiality, integrity and availability
database management system
data governance

Writing for Business
Data management is a broad area of study that ___________ many more specialized fields.
a. comprises
b. is comprised of
Answer


March 29, 2017  3:53 PM

certificate authority (CA)

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Certificate authority, Digital certificates

A certificate authority (CA) is a trusted entity that issues electronic documents that verify a digital entity’s identity on the Internet. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Organizations that choose to operate their own certificate authority need to put in place physical as well as logical security controls to ensure the security and integrity of their root signing keys and certificates.” – Michael Cobb

Learning Center
Google considers options on Symantec certificate authority ‘failures’
Symantec certificate authority offers excuses in an attempt to fend off consequences for CA improprieties set to be imposed by Google’s Chromium team.

Google creates its own root certificate authority
Google launched its own root certificate authority but it is unclear if it will issue certificates only for Alphabet companies or third parties as well.

Trusted? Certificate authority risks and how to manage them
Can that CA be trusted? Certificate authority risks are many, but since there’s no avoiding SSL and TLS, at least for now. Here’s how to increase CA security.

IT pros don’t get cybersecurity risks around certificate authorities
Venafi believes a Black Hat survey that shows low understanding of certificate authorities could mean cybersecurity risks in the future.

Will Certificate Transparency solve certificate authority trust issues?
Issues involving certificate authority trust and certificate abuse are nothing new. Learn how Google’s Certificate Transparency proposal aims to detect and address these problems.

Trending Terms
digital certificate
PKI
virtual private network
man-in-the-middle attack
registration authority

Writing for Business
Ideally, digital certificates are ________ compatible with older browsers and operating systems, a concept known as ubiquity.
A. backwards
B. backward
Answer


March 28, 2017  4:14 PM

technical debt

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Agile development, DevOps, Refactoring

In software development, technical debt is a metaphor equating Extreme Programming’s incremental, get-something-started approach with the acquisition of money through a loan. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Doing things the quick-and-dirty way can create quick-and-dirty code snippets, which can add up to big technical debt across a large program.” – Christopher Tozzi

Learning Center
Five ways to reduce technical debt, rework costs in Agile, DevOps
Need to lower the cost of software development? The first step is to reduce technical debt, according to five experts.

Why technical debt management tops the list of developer pain points
“Demand for rapid app and microservices delivery makes technical debt management developers’ top pain point.

Tighten IT operations control with a DevOps feedback loop
DevOps adopters share how IT operations control benefits from DevOps feedback loops, as well as platform and application reduction.

What is meant by the term “technical debt”?
Agile expert Lisa Crispin explains what is meant by “technical debt” and how teams can address the resulting sub-standard code before it gets out of control.

Technical debt: What is it and why should CIOs care?
In this story, CIOs and senior managers will hear from three industry experts who explain what technical debt is, why it occurs and what leaders can do now to address this business risk.

Trending Terms
refactoring
tipping point
sunk-cost effect
DevOps
agile software development

Writing for Business
According to Mike Cohn, Agile planning ___________ change by recognizing that it will occur.
A. accommodates
B. accomodates
Answer


March 27, 2017  3:39 PM

Slack software

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Slack software is cloud-based collaboration software suite. Originally founded in 2009 as a chat tool for a now-defunct gaming technology, Slack has gained currency among enterprises and is broadening into a collaboration platform with capabilities beyond just messaging. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Modern teams recognize the value that modern collaboration platforms bring to them through centralized communication and support of free-form and fluid interactions for users, while still having access to corporate data and apps.” – Reda Chouffani

Learning Center
Seven features to consider when picking enterprise collaboration tools
From integration to automation, there is a lot to deliberate when choosing enterprise collaboration tools. Here is a breakdown of what to consider.

Consider consolidating your collaboration features
As more unified communications platforms offer more collaboration features, businesses need to consider consolidating some services.

Team chat apps: Please talk amongst yourselves
Team chat apps such as Slack and Cisco Spark can play an important role in providing a sense of cohesion within organizations.

Slack vs. Microsoft Teams: Which is best for enterprise collaboration?
Both Slack and Microsoft Teams are trying to gain the upper hand among workers as the leading enterprise collaboration platform.

Why Slack collaboration catches on where others can’t
The Slack collaboration tool features fit many business users’ work processes and integrates with other apps.

Trending Terms
collaboration platform
enterprise collaboration
Yammer
Microsoft Teams
ChatOps

Writing for Business
Management chose Slack to encourage communication ________ the company’s marketing team and its sales team.
A. between
B. among
Answer


March 24, 2017  8:34 PM

Facebook cloning

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Facebook, Identity theft, Social networking

Facebook cloning is a scam in which the attacker copies the profile picture of an authorized user, creates a new account using that person’s name and sends friend requests to people on the user’s list. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Facebook accounts contain personal information that can be used to commit fraud. Facebook is attractive to fraudsters because of the high level of trust in the site.” – Warwick Ashford

Learning Center
How to reassess privacy settings in wake of Facebook cloaking issues
Facebook closed the security loophole of Facebook cloaking after researchers exposed the issue, but expert Nick Lewis discusses why users still need to control their social media security settings.

Social media attacks a growing concern for enterprises
Cybercriminals take advantage of social media users who overshare online. Learn how to protect yourself on social media sites from social media attacks.

Social networking best practices for preventing social network malware
Learn how social networking security best practices can help prevent data leaks and ward off social network malware to keep your enterprise safe.

Features fall short in Facebook enterprise social network Workplace
Facebook’s enterprise social network, Workplace, trails major rivals in features necessary to win corporate deals.

Why you should stop posting these five things on Facebook
This blog post explains five things you need to stop posting on Facebook for both professional and personal reasons.

Trending Terms
Facebook scam
social networking
social engineering
identity theft
sock puppet
disinformation

Writing for Business
I was annoyed when my friend shared the Facebook post about the dangers of microwave ovens, but he didn’t know any better. It was just a case of __________.
A. misinformation
B. disinformation
Answer


March 23, 2017  8:59 PM

embedded vision

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drone, Embedded devices

Embedded vision is the integration of computer vision in machines that use algorithms to decode meaning from observing pixel patterns in images or video. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Computer vision is still a relatively young field and exploring it is vital.” – Jason Corso

Learning Center
Delving into neural networks and deep learning
IT will soon use neural networks and deep learning to better manage the data center.

Will computer vision help France take a lead in AI?
There are signs that France could become a centre for artificial intelligence research and development.

Google snaps up startup in push to master computer vision
With its purchase of Moodstocks, a machine learning-based image recognition startup, Google keeps pushing into the next frontier — computer vision. Also: C-level exit at Microsoft.

Despite progress, the future of AI will require human assistance
The future of AI is promising, but the road to more human-like intelligence is a long one.

Embedded system applications present new challenges
Embedded system applications present project managers with a new territory of application development to tackle.

Trending Terms
neural net processor
machine vision
driverless car
embedded device
embedded system
drone

Writing for Business
Each of the appliances in the model kitchen ______________.
A. have embedded systems
B. has an embedded system
Answer


March 22, 2017  8:13 PM

adulting

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
"Work-life balance", Millennials

Adulting is the assumption of tasks, responsibilities and behaviors traditionally associated with normal grown-up life, along with the implication that the individual in question does not particularly identify as an adult and that acting as one does not come naturally. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The primary drivers for every previous generation were money and status. For Millennials, it tends to be more relationships and experiences — that’s how they keep score.” – Scott Degraffenreid

Learning Center
Retaining Millennial employees: What you need to know
Are you committed to retaining your Millennial employees? Learn about the characteristics of Millennials and how CIOs can keep them happy and productive.

Rehab or Reject Problem Employees: When Technical Skills Aren’t Enough
CIOs have to deal with troublesome employees from time to time. Learn how to face the problem.

DevOps done right: Why work-life balance matters to digital transformation success
The DevOps practitioners warn enterprises about neglecting the health and well-being of the IT staff responsible for delivering their digital transformation projects.

Forget flex spending, Millennials want a flexible mobile device policy
Millennials are willing to pass over the almighty dollar for a flexible mobile device policy, but is IT ready to adjust to a bring-your-own-device world?

CompTIA recognizes millennials with new community group
CompTIA has announced the CompTIA Future Leaders, a new community targeting the millennial generation in the channel. Future Leaders is the tenth CompTIA community.

Trending Terms
Millennials
job hopper
downsizing
work-life balance
Results-Only Work Environment

Writing for Business
BYOD policies often illustrate a significant ________ between administrators and employees.
A. disconnect
B. disconnection
Answer


March 21, 2017  2:21 PM

programmatic advertising

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
"Marketing and Advertising"

Programmatic advertising is a system that automates the processes and transactions involved with purchasing and dynamically placing ads on websites or apps. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Marketing and advertising are the sweet spots for big data, but those who serve up marketing insights and ad space will need to evolve to survive.” – Jack Vaughan

Learning Center
Marketing and advertising remain sweet spots for big data technology
Marketing and advertising are the sweet spots for big data, but those who serve them up will need to evolve to survive. Learn more about how marketers and advertisers use big data.

Technology advertisements that cross ethical, legal lines
With technology advertisements, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction, says technology and security consultant Kevin McDonald. Irresponsible claims may put lives at risk.

Open Your Marketing Mind to Context and Quality
This blog post warns marketers about perils of low-cost CPMs associated with programmatic advertising and lays out better ways to target audience through context.

Before You Leap, Understand the 4 Pillars of Intent-Based Marketing
This blog post addresses the landscape, challenges and solutions in the B2B IT intent data market and lays out 4 building blocks for intent-based marketing success.

Advertising terminology on the internet
This page provides brief definitions for the most commonly-used terms related to internet advertising, along with links to full definitions for many of the terms.

Trending Terms
real-time bidding
ad exchange
targeted ad
purchase intent
ad fraud
demand-side platform

Writing for Business
Optimizing an ad campaign once it’s been set up is incredibly important and is often something advertisers ________.
A. look over
B. overlook
Answer


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