Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

March 15, 2017  4:33 PM

rogue employee

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Rogue IT, Shadow IT

A rogue employee is a worker who undermines the organization that employs him by failing to comply with its business rules and policies. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The ultimate threat remains one that most IT managers choose not to even think about: the rogue employee or contractor who compromises security either inadvertently or intentionally.” – Craig Mathias

Learning Center
Rogue activity thwarted by early warning systems
Learn how to frustrate rogue employees at financial services firms.

Protect your network and data from internal threats
Internal threats can pose just as much of a problem as external threats, so it’s important to remember to account for vulnerabilities in both avenues of attack.

Cybercriminals, rogue users cause DaaS security concerns
DaaS security concerns such as hackers from competing companies, disgruntled inside employees and users with unsecure browsing habits can all put your hosted desktops at risk.

Defend against internal network threats
Security software helps protect your network from the outside world, but what if the threat is internal — a rogue employee, for instance. Defend against internal network threats with this tip.

Building staff-related disaster scenarios for BC/DR exercise planning
Develop effective staff-related business continuity and disaster recovery scenarios in your BC/DR exercise planning by focusing on the sudden loss of more than one key person.

Trending Terms
business continuance
insider threat
rogue IT
industrial espionage
shadow IT

Writing for Business
Most major security breaches ____________ human error.
A. can be attributed to
B. are due to

March 14, 2017  4:24 PM

six degrees of separation

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Six degrees of separation is the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“If you have ever drawn dots on a whiteboard and then connected them, you can appreciate that thinking in terms of nodes and links naturally echoes many real-world scenarios.” – Mike Matchett

Learning Center
Set strategy to target social media influencers
Learn best practices to determine social media influencers.

Why Facebook and the NSA love graph databases
Graph databases help us understand important relationships between data points rather than compartmentalizing them. See how IT teams are implementing this approach for businesses.

Six degrees of sales separation
New social-networking applications designed to close deals are based on the premise that every salesperson has a Kevin Bacon or two in their lives, but just need help finding them.

Graph database technology starts to come of age beyond social media
Graph databases, based on mathematics known for three centuries, are starting to yield value for businesses beyond Facebook and Twitter.

Graph databases: Joining the dots
We explore why the growth of graph databases could be pointing the database market in a new direction.

Trending Terms
graph database
graph theory
social networking
social graph

Writing for Business
Some people join social networking sites but don’t ________ them often.
A. frequent
B. visit

March 13, 2017  7:50 PM

demand-side platform (DSP)

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"Marketing and Advertising", advertising, Real-time data

A demand-side platform (DSP) is software that allows an advertiser to buy inventory from ad exchanges and manage advertising campaigns. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Advertising has always been about data. Even when you go back to the ’60s and the sponsoring of TV shows, it was always about finding an audience.” – Richard Sobel

Learning Center
Sky’s the limit for cloud big data in online ads
An online marketing and advertising company finds that using a cloud big data platform is more economical and better for the work it does.

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.

Don’t Fall Prey to the Perils of Lowest-Possible CPMs
This bog post warns marketers about perils of low-cost CPMs associated with programmatic advertising and lays out better ways to target audience through context.

CIOs under pressure to generate revenue through data monetization
Companies are increasingly venturing into the data monetization business, putting added pressure on CIOs.

3 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Retargeting Campaign
This post outlines 3 questions technology marketers should ask before launching a retargeting campaign and why you must pay more attention to data sources.

Trending Terms
ad exchange
real-time analytics
real-time bidding
supply-side platform
targeted ad
programmatic advertising

Writing for Business
________ allow an advertiser to maximize their ROI through exceptional targeting, real-time bidding, and campaign optimization.
B. DSP’s

March 10, 2017  8:05 PM


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Ephemeral messaging, Snapchat

Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive “self-destructing” photos and videos. Photos and videos taken with the app are called snaps. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The company formerly known as Snapchat has been rebranded as Snap, Inc., and is entering the hardware market with the release of image-capturing sunglasses called ‘Spectacles.'” – Christian Stafford

Learning Center
Snapchat eyes the hardware market with new video-recording sunglasses
Snap, Inc., the company behind the popular photo and video messaging app Snapchat, is releasing a pair of photo and video-capturing glasses that have some worried about the possible privacy implications of such a device.

CES to CIOs: Watch out for wearable technology
This week’s Searchlight finds wearable technology looking and working better than ever. Plus, a tough lesson in how not to use email, the lure of ephemeral messaging and more.

Snapchat hack has users thinking twice
A recent hack into Snapchat, the social media platform for photo sharing, has users thinking twice about giving personal information to these services.

Twitter savvy health IT exec uses wearable tracking device
Twitter savvy healthcare system chief innovation officer uses smart wearable tracking device for fitness and sees wearables as important to health IT.

Book chapter: Social media security policy best practices
The following is an excerpt from chapter 6 Gary Bahadur from the book “Securing the clicks: Network security in the age of social media.”

Trending Terms
ephemeral messaging
show-me marketing
wearables OS
systems of engagement

Writing for BusinessI’m cleaning up my Facebook account, unfriending people I don’t know and the ones I wish I didn’t know that have somehow ______ in.
a. snuck
b. sneaked

March 9, 2017  3:02 PM

vulnerability management

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vulnerabilities, vulnerability management

Vulnerability management is a pro-active approach to managing network security by reducing the likelihood that flaws in code or design could compromise the security of an endpoint or network. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Organizations tackle the most severe vulnerabilities first and work their way down to the least severe as time and resources permit. Some vulnerabilities don’t pose a serious threat to the organization and may simply be accepted, which means they are not remediated.” – Ed Tittel

Learning Center
Introduction to vulnerability management tools
Vulnerability management tools can be an invaluable asset for enterprises. Here’s how vulnerability management software works to close security gaps.

Comparing the top vulnerability management tools
Expert Ed Tittel explores and discusses critical features of the top vulnerability management tools on the market.

Pentagon hack possible due to bad vulnerability management
A Pentagon hack may have already occurred because of flaws in DOD systems that have been unpatched for at least eight months.

Seven criteria for buying vulnerability management tools
Expert contributor Ed Tittel describes key purchasing criteria for vulnerability management tools for all types and sizes of organizations.

Best practices for an information security assessment
An information security assessment is a good way to measure the security risk present in your organization. Find out how to yield effective results.

Trending Terms
vulnerability management planning
vulnerability analysis
Common Vulnerability Scoring System
penetration testing
vulnerability scanner
vulnerability disclosure
hardware vulnerability
zero-day vulnerability

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

March 7, 2017  5:19 PM


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Desktop virtualization, Digital assistant, virtual, Virtualization

In computing, virtual is a digitally replicated version of something real. The replication, which is created with software, may not be an exact copy of the actual item, but it is similar enough, in essence, to be described as a digital rendition. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The mindsets that used to limit which applications could be virtualized are mostly gone now via a combination of maturing administrators, more capable hardware and experience.” – Matthew Portnoy

Learning Center
Expert advice for companies hesitant to implement virtualization
Author of Virtualization Essentials, 2nd Edition, Matthew Portnoy, provides valuable information for those looking to implement virtualization.

Virtualization levels have peaked, so what’s next?
Virtualization levels may have peaked, but that doesn’t mean organizations should stop driving for further consolidation and efficiency savings.

IT resource management and virtual server housekeeping tips
Diligent IT resource management and regular housekeeping can help ensure you’re making the most of your server and storage investments.

Five ways a healthcare virtual assistant can improve patient engagement
Patients can use a voice-based healthcare virtual assistant as an education tool or to set medication and appointment reminders.

The rise of virtual workspace management tools
Virtual workspace management tools aggregate the many resources employees access and IT administrators manage, but such products aren’t right for every business.

Trending Terms
virtual private network
virtual asset
virtual manufacturing
virtual server
virtual memory

Writing for Business
The book “Virtualization for Dummies” provides a _________ explanation of virtualization that helps readers achieve a basic level of understanding.
A. simplified
B. simplistic

March 6, 2017  5:59 PM


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Cloud broker, middleware, Service Broker

A broker is someone or something that acts as an intermediary third party, managing transactions between two other entities. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“As you go into the cloud, you no longer need to buy hardware and software but only the hardware service and the software service, so system integration goes away, and it becomes service integration — and that service integration is what a cloud broker does.” – Kevin L. Jackson

Learning Center
Buying cloud access security brokers with confidence
IT security professionals assessing and buying cloud access security broker services will learn from this Buyer’s Guide how to evaluate the CASB products that service providers now offer.

Cloud brokerage: Are cloud brokers ‘tomorrow’s system integrators’?
The cloud brokerage market could reach $160 billion by 2018, and observers anticipate a lot of activity among cloud brokers and traditional IT companies in the next few years.

IT as a service: How to succeed as an IT broker
Is your organization moving toward offering IT as a service? Find out what CIOs and experts have to say about succeeding as an IT broker.

Cisco targets shadow IT with online cloud security broker
Cisco’s new cloud security broker helps organizations rein in the use of unauthorized online services that pose a security risk.

How internal IT can become a cloud services broker
The cloud is here to stay, and IT can’t afford to be against it. Tom Nolle explains how IT can become a public cloud services broker.

Trending Terms
ad network
data broker
cloud broker
connection broker

Writing for Business
Brokers must work closely with cloud providers, while also _________ their services to appeal to customers.
A. distinguishing
B. differentiating

March 3, 2017  8:33 PM

fake news

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fake news, social media

Fake news is an inaccurate, sometimes sensationalistic report that is created to gain attention, mislead, deceive or damage a reputation. Unlike misinformation, which is inaccurate because a reporter has confused facts, fake news is created with the intent to manipulate someone or something. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Unlike other areas, where AI algorithms are successful, such as image recognition or natural language processing, there are fewer patterns to rely on with fake news.” – Ed Burns

Learning Center
Researchers work on AI algorithms to detect fake news
Artificial intelligence researchers are being challenged to come up with AI algorithms that can identify fake news, but is the technology ready?

Data trust gap confronts analytics — time to open the ‘black box’
To vault a data trust gap, there is a need to better explain what’s behind the recommendations that analytics tools make, according to KPMG’s Bill Nowacki.

The ‘supply chain of trust’ inherent to IoT data security
In this video interview, David Dufour of Webroot discusses why ensuring IoT data security begins with the connected device supply chain.

Putting the T in IoTT: The internet of trusted things
Without trusted data, we cannot act or bring about real change. In IoT, we have to close the loop in order to trust the data, trust the route and trust the information that is sent back.

Common biases that can taint analytics analysis
Businesses are increasingly using data to drive decisions, but these common biases can still muddle analytics analysis.

Trending Terms
distribution channel
discussion board
Internet shill
social media influence

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

March 2, 2017  7:55 PM

network engineer

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Cisco certifications, Network Engineer, Software defined networks

A network engineer is a technology professional who has the necessary skills to plan, implement and support the computer networks that support in-house voice, data, video and wireless network services. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Good network engineers have always been developers; they quite literally write code every time they jump on a command line interface.” – Nick Buraglio

Learning Center
IT compensation rises for most certified and noncertified skills
Having skills tends to increase IT compensation, according to new pay index; the market for IoT services is expected to double by 2020.

What duties are included in a network engineer job description?
A network engineer job description will vary depending on whether the job involves engineering a new network or running an existing one.

Network engineer qualifications trump coding hype
Network engineer qualifications are shifting as SDN gains traction, but coding has long been a hallmark of the traditional network engineer job.

Network engineer job description will evolve, not evaporate, with SDN
The charge that networking pros must become programmers to survive is looking unrealistic. SDN will expand the network engineer’s job description, not invalidate it.

From consultant to enterprise network engineer: How to make the switch
One enterprise network engineer shares how she made the leap from a position as a network design consultant at a major vendor to her current role.

Trending Terms
Cisco Certified Network Associate
network fabric
software-defined networking
network hypervisor

Writing for Business
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ______ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
A. was
B. were

March 1, 2017  10:29 PM

Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) card

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Flash memory, SD card

A Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) card is a very small flash memory card that resembles an SD (Secure Digital) card but has far greater storage capacity. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“When it comes to maximizing the lifespan of your flash memory storage, one of the best things you can do is to focus on achieving the best possible performance.” – Brien Posey

Learning Center
Flash memory device transfers video from four memory cards at once
Lexar’s Professional Workflow Reader Solution flash memory device transfers video and images from up to four memory cards at once via just one USB port.

Four tips to maximize the lifespan of your flash memory storage
Brien Posey explains why many activities that improve storage performance also help to extend your flash memory storage longevity and reduce long-term storage costs.

Flash storage 101: How solid state storage works
Why flash writes are troublesome, why endurance is limited and what suppliers are doing to overcome these issues.

Flash memory vs. RAM: What’s the difference?
Many users question flash memory vs. RAM — the first is storage and the second is the main memory of your PC or server.

Flash technologies remain hot in 2016, experts predict
Storage veterans predicted flash technologies will stay hot in 2016, as solid-state arrays will outsell disk systems and SSDs will lead to the demise of high-speed HDDs.

Trending Terms
flash memory
Secure Digital card
data transfer rate
secondary storage
nonvolatile memory

Writing for Business
_____ USB drive offers a lot of advantages over older portable storage devices.
A. A
B. An

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