Overheard: Word of the Day

Jun 9 2009   6:03PM GMT

Skunkworks – Make it so

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“Security consultants believe that the ongoing economic malaise is prompting many businesses to rush skunkworks server virtualization projects into production without thoroughly considering how these deployments might affect their overall security posture.”

Heather Clancy, Tech Watch: Security pros want strong policy for virtualization

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is skunkworks.  A skunkworks is a small team that’s given magical powers (think “all the stuff they need”) to get a task done.   The good thing about a skunkworks is that nobody tells them “you can’t do that” or “we’ve never done it like that before.”  The bad thing about a skunkworks is that because they operate out there on their own, they may accidently break something that’s associated peripherally.

The term got its start at Lockheed.

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