“N” Acronyms for the Sharp MFP

Network: A group of two or more computers connected by a network cable for the purpose of sharing files, programs or devices.


Newly Manufactured: Devices that have not been refurbished, remanufactured, rented, leased, sold, or used in a demonstration, and are currently being marketed by the Manufacturer.


NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership): The Common Criteria program administered through collaboration between the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology addressing document security.


NIC (Network Interface Card): Hardware that connects a peripheral (copier, printer, computer) to the actual network cable.


NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership): A United States government initiative to meet the security testing needs of both information technology consumers and producers that is operated by the National Security Agency (NSA), and was originally a joint effort between NSA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


NIST (National Institute of Standards): The Federal technology agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.


NSA (National Security Agency): A cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States government, administered as part of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, which involves cryptanalysis. It is also responsible for protecting U.S. government communications and information systems from similar agencies elsewhere, which involves cryptography.

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