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application

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  A hardware/software system implemented to satisfy a particular set of requirements. In this context, an application incorporates a system used to satisfy a subset of requirements related to the verification or identification of an end user’s identity so that the end user’s identifier can be used to facilitate the end user’s interaction with the system.
Source(s):
FIPS 201 under Application [Withdrawn]

  A software program hosted by an information system.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-37 Rev. 1)
NIST SP 800-137 under Application (NISTIR 7298)
NIST SP 800-37 Rev. 1 under Application
NISTIR 7621 Rev. 1 under Application (CNSSI 4009-2015)

  the system, functional area, or problem to which information technology isapplied. The application includes related manual procedures as well as automated procedures. Payroll, accounting, and management information systems are examples of applications.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-16 under Application

  A system for collecting, saving, processing, and presenting data by means of a computer. The term application is generally used when referring to a component of software that can be executed. The terms application and software application are often used synonymously.
Source(s):
NISTIR 7695 under Application (ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 - Adapted)