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 America
    2. Authentication, authorization and accounting
    3. Agile, accessible applications


  12. GIS

    1. Global initiative support
    2. General iterative sequence
    3. Geographic information system


  13. JCE

    1. Java cryptography extension
    2. JPEG capture element
    3. Jitter-control equipment


  14. SAM

    1. Simple automation mode
    2. Scalable architecture methodology
    3. Storage area management


  15. LEC

    1. Local exchange carrier
    2. Layered electronic capability
    3. Legacy enterprise computing


  16. RAD

    1. Repository of aggregate data
    2. Rapid application development
    3. Remote authentication display

If you got 10 or more right, congratulations — you are quite articulate in tech-ese. If you got between nine and four correct, don’t feel too bad (but don’t feel too good either). Three or fewer correct answers means you should probably study up on “lingua geeka.”


(Correct answers: 1-A, 2-B, 3-A, 4-C, 5-B, 6-C, 7-A, 8-B, 9-B, 10-A, 11-B, 12-C, 13-A, 14-C, 15-A, 16-B)

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