Jun 23 2008   6:17PM GMT

One More Acronym and I am Going to Scream

Arian Eigen Heald Arian Eigen Heald Profile: Arian Eigen Heald

I know I’m an IT Auditor, and we should eat acronyms for breakfast, but it seems as if the focus on “achieving compliance” has brought out the worst in us. “We’re Compliant!” has become the holy grail of corporate management, and IT has jumped on the bandwagon because they can get funding for security products that way.

Round it off with the security vendors changing their market strategy to mindlessly follow this trend and you have an endlessly generated collection of “marketspeak.” Anton Chuvakin has jumped in to promote “GRC,” Governance, Risk, and Compliance. After that he used “IT GRC,” “Unified GRC,” and who knows what vendor will jump in with another riff off of that.

The latest one? “We have to get DLP.” (Data Leak Prevention) Please. Dr. Chuvakin redeems himself on this one, calling it by it’s true name: “content monitoring and filtering.”

How about “SaaS?” Cute lettering, isn’t it? Can you say: “Thin client?” along with “cost more?” Sigh. Until we can build enterprise software that incorporates security into the development lifecycle and patch our servers yesterday, getting the next new security product is water over the dam. The real thin client/virtual desktop is something I’ve seen in action, and I think it’s a pretty nifty idea. But SaaS is death by nickels and dimes.

Using the phrase “The Cloud” for the Internet is something else I find annoying. It’s incentivizing me, if you get my drift.

And “Web 2.0.” What the heck was Web 1.0 and why do we need 2.0? We can’t even agree on what “2.0” is.

Or “IPS.” Intrusion “Prevention” that we had to turn off because it was stopping so much legitimate traffic….yup, that was preventing intrusion all right.

I hope I’m not turning into Dvorak (the classic Internet curmudgeon), but I can certainly get cranky with all this nonsense.

Let’s hear YOUR favorites.

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  • Suzanne Wheeler
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. And I thought I had to put up with all these acronyms because that's the name of the game. My pet peeve is Web 2.0. I don't see how this is a new form of Internet. We're just running new code. Whoop-de-do! Isn't that what we're supposed to do? Oh yeah, and come up with snappy acronyms to describe the same old story.
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  • BrentSheets
    I thought I was alone in my acronym anger. Ugh. And don't get me started on Web 2.0 either – I know just what you mean. It seems everything in technology has to be brand new and improved within the last 5 minutes – and I guess new acronyms help foster that. Remember when Microsoft slapped a .NET label on every piece of software or hardware that wasn't nailed down? Or when AJAX and JSON were the top buzz words, no one remembered they were really older technology put to new use and wider adoption. Good post, Eigen, you can be our resident Dvorak any time.
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  • Simonttx
    I'm an Italian CISA and IT audit too. I'm going crazy with all the acronyms in IT: BCP, BIA, or DR. Let me say that I work in Italy for a French Bank: we have some specific Italians acronyms (i.e. DPS) and, worst of all, French acronyms that cover IT worldwide acronyms.
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  • Suzanne Wheeler
    Talk about everything old is new again! I'm concentrating on ignoring the "cloud computing" virus everyone has caught. It's like evolving from mainframes to desktops to client/server all over again. I can't imagine how sorry it must be to deal with multiple languages. Right now I'm lucky to be dealing with English only, but that will soon change, as well.
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  • a894656
    >has jumped in to promote “GRC,” I can have a senile moment, now, can I? :-)
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