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Welcome to the webBRIEFCASE business and IT glossary. If you can't find the work / phrase you're looking for: search for it below, since it may be elsewhere on this site.

If you still can't find it, contact support@webBRIEFCASE.com.

IT is notorious for generating many acronyms. Acronyms should be avoided in natural speech where possible, especially when speaking with non-technical staff. Acronyms used in written text should be accompanied by a brief explanation.

An asset is something which a person or business owns. Assets can be recorded in an asset register. Assets have a purchase, present and future values, and the value will usually appreciate (be more valuable) or depreciate (be less valuable) with time.

An asset register is a list of assets owned by an organisation. It can be used to record purchase, present and future values of assets.

In business, please say: if you assume - you make an ASS out of U and ME (i.e. ASSUME). See: Assumptions.


An assumption is an expectation that a condition is correct. For example, one could assume that the sun will shine brightly tomorrow, providing sufficient sunlight for a solar panel to provide electricity. It is valid for assumptions to be made, but they should be documented / communicated effectively if they affect others (e.g. in a project). Furthermore, assumptions should be validated. If they are found not to be correct, the parent (e.g. project) should be adjusted accordingly.

  • Assumptions are the "A" in RAID.
  • Assumptions are the "A" in BOSCARD.

An audit is a formal review of something. Audits are often dreaded in business, especially where any negative findings can result in penalties. It is possible to run pre-audit audits to pre-emptively fix any issues the true audit may find.

Authentication is the act of confirming that a person of system is who they say they are. For people, this may be the provision of login credentials, e.g. login name and password. Authentication should be used for access to restricted information and processes.

An authority can be a group or person with a particular responsibility / set of responsibilities. Authorities can often be referred to as governing bodies, standards bodies, etc.

Authorization is the process whereby a person or system is granted access to privileged data or processes.

An automated monitoring system automatically and repeatedly checks that something (e.g. a process, system, service, server, etc.) is working at all, or within pre-defined tolerances. It may record a log, and issue alerts (warnings or errors) when it detects scenarios.


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