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CompTIA Is Changing the Language Used on All Certification Exams.

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CompTIA Is Changing the Language Used on All Certification Exams: Here’s Why

Summary of a CompTIA post published on Monday, October 11, 2021

Quote:

Inclusive language has been a hot topic this year, and rightfully so. Leaders across all sectors are aware of this and recognize their organization’s use of language that is unintentionally exclusive and/or promotes bias. In the IT industry, as well as many others, the use of language that is not inclusive is changing.

“There’s a big adjustment happening in our industry toward using more inclusive language,” CompTIA Senior Director, Exam Services, Carl Bowman explained. “Large and small vendors alike are reconsidering what terms they use to describe technical functions.”

Exclusive language is wording that promotes inequality. It undermines humanity by minimizing the worth and capabilities of individuals from marginalized groups.  

The ‘What you Must Know’ bit

Spend a little time to learn what  new terminology to expect in your next CompTIA exam.

Old Term

New Term

DMZ

Perimeter network

Master/slave

Primary/secondary (or host/client if used in a network context vs. drives)

Hang

Become unresponsive

Blacklist

Network context: Blocklist or deny list

Software context: Unapproved list

Whitelist

Network context: Allow list

Software context: Approved list

Specific countries considered enemies of a country

Foreign adversary

Native

Built-in, default, inherent, standard

Black-box testing

Unknown environment testing

White-box testing

Known environment testing

Gray-box testing

Partially known environment testing

Black hat

Unauthorized

White hat

Authorized

Gray hat

Semi-authorized

Blackhole

Sinkhole, process vacuum

Black screen

Blank screen

Blackout

Power loss/power failure

Brownout

Under-voltage event

I hope this helps you in your exam efforts.

Martin Dyer
CompTIA Achievement Specialist
24/10/2021