Overheard: Word of the Day


October 20, 2009  12:42 PM

Overheard – Shared Assessments Program

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“One of the big issues everyone faced, especially on the service provider side was the inconsistency in the level of questions and controls clients looked at. This sets the standard and a baseline so everyone is looking at pretty much the same types of controls…You remove inconsistency and raise the overall bar of information security.”

Charlie Miller, as quoted in Shared Assessments aims to ease third-party security evaluations

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Shared Assessments Program.

October 16, 2009  11:25 AM

Overheard – Real-time location system (RTLS)

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“A lot of healthcare equipment is starting to come with Wi-Fi radios already installed. If it’s not there, they add a Wi-Fi tag. It broadcasts and contacts the closest … access points.  Such tags retail for about $50 and can last for months, emitting ‘chirps’ to update any listening Wi-Fi access points about their current position and condition.”

Stan Schatt, Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems primed to grow market share

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is real-time location system.


October 15, 2009  5:58 PM

Overheard – Wi-Fi Direct

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“In theory, Wi-Fi Direct takes personal area networks (PANs) from short distances using cables or Bluetooth to full Wi-Fi range and speed.”

Eric Griffith, New ‘Wi-Fi Direct’ Spec Revamps Device Networks

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Wi-Fi Direct.


October 14, 2009  3:32 PM

Overheard – Cloud cartography

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Cloud computing is about the commoditization of virtualization. That’s a mouthful, but that’s essentially what cloud computing is.

George Reese, as quoted in Learning to let go: A cloud security primer with George Reese

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is cloud cartography.


October 13, 2009  12:45 PM

Overheard – Master data management

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“Master data management? We didn’t even know the words existed three months ago.”

Jonathan G.R. Spaetzel, as quoted in Master data management adoption ‘broad but shallow’ across industries

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is master data management.


October 8, 2009  1:20 PM

Overheard – Stateful inspection

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
What type of traffic inspection do you need? This is where the buzzwords start to come into play. Every vendor out there has a different trademark for their traffic-inspection technology, but there are essentially three different options: packet-filtering, stateful-inspection and application-proxy firewalls.

Mike Chapple, How to choose a firewall

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is stateful inspection.


October 7, 2009  4:17 PM

Overheard – Today’s Google Doodle is a barcode

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doogle “At Google, we like to reflect the ever changing world of our users through the logo designs on our homepage. These ‘doodles’ celebrate different people, events or special dates. Whenever we change these doodles we receive a lot of public interest.”

Wael Ghonim, as quoted in Doodle your Logo like Google!

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is X dimension. It’s a term used in barcode technology. Google is celebrating the anniversary of this technology by changing its logo to a barcode today.

If you have a few minutes to spare, take an interesting tour at Google’s museum of Google Doodles. Many of them are location-specific.  Don’t you wish we had a holiday called “Moon Viewing Day” too?


October 5, 2009  12:04 PM

Overheard – Degaussing

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“Outside of physical destruction, degaussing is a very reliable means for erasing backup tapes. The problem with basic degaussing is that there’s not a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ confirmation that the destruction has indeed taken place. So, ideally, both degaussing combined with physical destruction would be best to ensure nothing’s going to be recovered.”

Kevin Beaver, Secure data destruction options for old backup tapes and disk

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is degaussing.


October 2, 2009  3:10 PM

Overheard – Bookmarklets

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“The Tiny Read bookmarklet will reformat your current web page into a printer friendly format. It actually changes the default CSS style of a site and renders it again using the print stylesheet.”

Amit Agarwal, Guide to Most Useful Bookmarklets for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is bookmarklet.  Amit has put together a very handy list of bookmarklets.  I absolutely LOVE the one he talks about above — it saves a lot of paper!


October 1, 2009  1:49 PM

Overheard – Remote Access Trojan (RAT)

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“In an even more sophisticated ploy, the Trojan altered the victim’s online banking page to change the amount of the transfer to a smaller number. In one transaction, the cybercriminals stole more than $8,000, but to the victim, it appeared like a $53 transaction.”

Angela Moscaritolo, URLZone touted as most sophisticated banking Trojan yet

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is RAT.  It’s a type of malware horse.


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