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WhatIs is a reference and self-education tool about information technology. The site provides readers with definitions for over 10,000 terms and over 1,000 fast references, cheat sheets and quizzes. WhatIs is updated each weekday and is used primarily by information technology (IT) and business professionals. The site's mission is to help IT pros and the business people they work with understand each other's highly specialized languages. The definitions are known for explaining technical terms and business concepts clearly and concisely.

WhatIs.com was created by IBM technical writer Lowell Thing in the early days of the Internet. In 1999, TechTarget acquired the site. The website has received many awards and accolades over the years, including recognition from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Times, the Miami Herald, ZDNet, PC Magazine, Discovery Magazine and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

Much of the value of WhatIs is derived from its "page bonding" with TechTarget's other IT-specific Web sites. Many WhatIs definitions are served directly from topic-specific TechTarget sites to provide readers with easy access to highly relevant news, tips, ebooks, learning guides, videos and white papers.

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Networking
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    Firewall as a service (FWaaS), also known as a cloud firewall, is a service that provides cloud-based network traffic analysis ...

  • private 5G

    Private 5G is a wireless network technology that delivers 5G cellular connectivity for private network use cases.

  • NFVi (network functions virtualization infrastructure)

    NFVi (network functions virtualization infrastructure) encompasses all of the networking hardware and software needed to support ...

Security
  • cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting internet-connected systems such as hardware, software and data from cyberthreats.

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a symmetric block cipher chosen by the U.S. government to protect classified ...

  • operational risk

    Operational risk is the risk of losses caused by flawed or failed processes, policies, systems or events that disrupt business ...

CIO
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF)

    The Risk Management Framework (RMF) is a template and guideline used by companies to identify, eliminate and minimize risks.

  • robotic process automation (RPA)

    Robotic process automation (RPA) is a technology that mimics the way humans interact with software to perform high-volume, ...

  • spatial computing

    Spatial computing broadly characterizes the processes and tools used to capture, process and interact with three-dimensional (3D)...

HRSoftware
  • OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)

    OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) encourage companies to set, communicate and monitor organizational goals and results in an ...

  • cognitive diversity

    Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives ...

  • reference checking software

    Reference checking software is programming that automates the process of contacting and questioning the references of job ...

Customer Experience
  • martech (marketing technology)

    Martech (marketing technology) refers to the integration of software tools, platforms, and applications designed to streamline ...

  • transactional marketing

    Transactional marketing is a business strategy that focuses on single, point-of-sale transactions.

  • customer profiling

    Customer profiling is the detailed and systematic process of constructing a clear portrait of a company's ideal customer by ...

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