Whether or not you have a career in technology, the digital age has made it impossible to completely avoid the IT world. Our goal is for you to feel as comfortable with your devices and as knowledgeable about the industry as possible, so we’d like to share with you a brief guide on industry terms:

PCI/PCI Compliance

PCI stands for Payment Card Industry and consists of a band of credit card corporations that have set various security standards, such as assessment and scanning qualifications, self-assessment questionnaires, training and education, and product certification programs. It has become increasingly critical for businesses to comply with these standards.


Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer, both of which are frequently referred to as ‘SSL’ and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. The most important thing to note for this term is that as of June 30, 2016, firms will have to update their websites with the latest security protocol and end users need to make sure they are using the most up-to-date browsers.


CMS – or Content Management System – refers to the interface that is used for the maintenance of digital content.


A Cloud Services Provider offers Internet storage and software services for customers within a private or public network.


We’re super excited about this one because ICC is an MSP, or Managed Services Provider. We take care of your IT needs so you can take care of your business.


The Internet of Things refers to the interconnectivity of multiple aspects in our life through a digital network. For example, your refrigerator can talk to the cloud, which can talk to your phone, which can remind you to buy milk.


SaaS – or Software as a Service – refers to software that is licensed through a subscription and can be used through a web browser.


SSD stands for Solid State Drive and refers to computers that do not have a disk drive. This is becoming an increasingly more popular and affordable option as a storage solution.


Unless you’re expecting a package, UPS in the digital world stands for Uninterruptable Power Supply. A UPS provides power in emergency situations – we like to think of it as a surge protector on steroids.


Voice over IP refers to technology that delivers voice communication and multimedia sessions across the Internet.


BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and refers to the growing trend found in many companies. More and more often, employees are asked to use their own device at the office or remotely, which requires that companies put together a strategic plan to address security issues.

And remember, if you or your business is in need of an MSP, give ICC a call at 970-419-0602.