IT Alphabet Soup

One of the most daunting things about “tech speak” for information technology outsiders is the excess of acronyms in the IT vernacular — there are so many, sometimes it seems that they constitute a language of their own. So, how fluent are you? This week, Study Guide offers an assessment of your familiarity with the IT alphabet soup. Answers are at the end. (No peeking!)



  1. NAS

    1. Network-attached storage
    2. Native area server
    3. Nonaccessible segment


  2. SID

    1. Signal-initiated driver
    2. Security identifier
    3. Single instruction default


  3. DES

    1. Data encryption standard
    2. Distributed electronic spam
    3. Digitally encoded storage


  4. TDM

    1. Text data management
    2. Tiered distribution model  
    3. Time-division multiplex


  5. BCP

    1. Backup control process
    2. Business continuity plan
    3. Broadband channel provider


  6. CIR

    1. Circuit integrity requirement
    2. Calibrated instant response
    3. Committed information rate


  7. WAP

    1. Wireless application protocol
    2. Web-accessible program
    3. Workstation access password


  8. FEC

    1. Federal Electronic Commission
    2. Forward error correction
    3. File exchange compression


  9. DAS

    1. Data administration services
    2. Direct attached storage
    3. Digital-to-analog switch


  10. WBT

    1. Web-based training
    2. Wireless bandwidth testing
    3. Windows backup technology


  11. AAA

    1. Apache Association of…

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