Tech Quiz of the Day


January 20, 2009  4:41 PM

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January 20, 2009  3:57 PM

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January 20, 2009  3:55 PM

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January 20, 2009  3:54 PM

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January 20, 2009  10:55 AM

Know-IT-All? IT controls

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is IT Controls

An IT control is a procedure or policy that provides a reasonable assurance that the information technology (IT) used by an organization operates as intended, that data is reliable and that the organization is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. IT Controls can be categorized as either general controls (ITGC) or application controls (ITAC).

Are you a Know-IT-All? Test your tech vocabulary!

Secret Word of the Day
This is a comprehensive review of an organization’s adherence to regulatory guidelines. What’s the secret phrase?
Answer

Acronym Challenge
HIPAA establishes mandatory regulations for health providers conduct. What does HIPAA stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
If you are watching the official on-demand streaming video for President Obama’s inauguration, will you be using Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight?
Answer

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Mitigating risk with compliance controls
A lack of internal controls over activities and systems can lead to failed compliance initiatives and increased risk to the enterprise.

Consensus Controls project aims to set benchmarks for compliance
The Consensus Controls project aims to provide organizations with a peer review system for IT controls.


January 19, 2009  5:31 PM

Are you a Know-IT-All? SSL VPN

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is SSL VPN
An SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network) is a form of VPN that can be used with a standard Web browser. In contrast to the traditional IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) VPN, an SSL VPN does not require the installation of specialized client software on the end user’s computer. An SSL VPN is used to provide remote users with access to Web applications, client/server applications and internal network connections.

Are you a Know-IT-All? Test your knowledge of tech vocabulary!

Secret Word of the Day
In this kind of attack, the bad guy intercepts a message in a public key exchange and then retransmits them, substituting his own public key for the requested one. What’s the secret word?
Answer

Acronym Challenge
TLS is the successor to the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). What does TLS stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
You can tell that SSL is being used when you see the “https:” as part of the URL. True or false?
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Lisa Phifer provides a How To Guide on Implementing an SSL VPN.

Simple Steps To Keep Road Warriors Safe When Using Public Networks

Cryptography for Dummies by Chey Cobb has a chapter that explains in plain English how a VPN works.


January 16, 2009  4:52 PM

Are you a Know-IT-All? JBoss

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is JBoss

JBoss is a division of Red Hat that provides support for the JBoss open source application server program and related services marketed under the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) brand.  JEMS is now available on Amazon’s cloud service EC2.

Are you a Know-IT-All? Test your tech vocabulary!

Secret Word of the Day
This computing paradigm got its name from a symbol on a flowchart. What’s the secret word?
Answer

Acronym Challenge
Amazon EC2 provides on-demand computing and storage capacity. What does EC2 stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
What company originally created Java?
Answer

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JavaOne: JBoss on SOA middleware, Java EE and data services

Red Hat explains the difference between JBoss, the division of Red Hat and JBoss.org.

JBoss, CA Wily moves target SOA performance management


January 15, 2009  7:20 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – cryptography

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is cryptography.
Cryptography, the science of information security, is most often associated with scrambling plaintext into ciphertext then back again. The four main objectives of cryptography are confidentiality, integrity, non-repudiation and authentication.

Are you a Know-IT-All?

Secret Word of the Day
This type of encryption makes it possible for text to be decrypted into two different messages, depending on the key used. What’s the secret word?
Answer

Acronym Challenge
FDE automatically converts data on a hard drive into a form that cannot be understood by anyone who doesn’t have the key to undo the conversion. What does FDE stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
What’s the difference between cleartext and plaintext?
Answer (Scroll to the second paragraph.)

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Learn how cryptography, its components, methods and uses are employed in the enterprise to store and transmit messages safely.

IT Knowledge Exchange: Questions and answers about encryption


January 14, 2009  1:17 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – IPv6

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is IPv6.

IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) is the latest level of the Internet Protocol. IP addresses are lengthened from 32 bits to 128 bits to deal with an anticipated shortage. IPv4 address space allowed for four billion IP addresses, not quite enough for everyone on the planet to have one. IPv6 address space enables enormous future growth.

Are you a Know-IT-All?

Secret Word of the Day
You might hear this term used to describe the movement of birds or herds of caribou. In IT, it’s the process of moving from one operating environment to another. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
ARIN administers IP addresses in the United States. What does ARIN stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
How can you find the dot address for a given domain name?
Answer

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Podcast: IPv6 in 10 minutes

IT Knowledge Exchange: IPv6 questions and answers


January 12, 2009  10:42 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – IPTV

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is IPTV.

IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is the delivery of programming by video stream encoded as a series of IP packets. IPTV is distributed by a service provider, can be free or fee-based and can deliver either live TV or stored video. It can be bundled with other Internet Protocol services, including VoIP and high-speed Internet access.

Are you a Know-IT-All?

Secret Word of the Day
This term describes communication between a single sender and multiple receivers on a network. What’s the secret word?
Answer

Acronym Challenge
IPTV might be delivered via a CDN. What does CDN stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
What does a triple-play network deliver?
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This free chapter download offers a crash course in IPTV.

This Eurocomms.com article predicts battles ahead between IPTV and iTV.


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