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Is there a word in the IT industry that means.



5:01 pm on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is a bit of an oddball question, but:

If a something is "scalable", it means that regardless of how intense the requirements ever get, the product/service/technology/whatever will be able to satsify those requirements.

If a something is "robust", it means that it works reliably under a variety of different working environments.

What's the word that means "helps to ensure that humans don't accidently break something"

Example: You didn't give an employee root FTP access to your web server not because you don't trust them, but because it increases the [word goes here!] of the system.

It's like security...but security implies that you're trying to keep bad guys out. What's the one that means that you're trying to stop good guys from breaking something?

(This is something that keeps coming up at meetings, and I have no word to explain what I'm talking about.)


11:01 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I like integrity of the system.

But if you want to coin it differently you can say..

Giving FTP access is outside the workflow scope.

Or Giving FTP access breaks or conflicts with the workflow model.

Meaning the workflow for uploading a file states you give me the file and I FTP it.


11:27 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Lots of PC phrases and niceties; but people aren't stupid, so why lie? They should know that they aren't going to be trusted with access to mission critical or sensitive areas with which they do not require access as a part of their job function. And it would be foolish on the part of an IT manager or owner to allow.

I see trust as two pronged. One - ensuring and maintaining company integrity and security with people who know exactly what they are doing. Two - ensuring and maintaining company integrity and security with people who do not know what they are doing.

"If I think it can't be broken, turn it loose on a customer and they will find a way."

Whether it be root FTP, customer database, employee database, financial data; the word for me is "prudence". Managers that don't exercise it are foolish. Employees should expect it, understand exactly what it means, see no cause for offense. It is trust, and no employee is stupid enough to believe otherwise. But it is also prudent - and required. All sound businesses have to be compartmentalized. 'Need to know' has a lot going for it.


7:28 pm on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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to preserve the integrity of the system
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