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Red Book

Informal name for one of the four standard references on PostScript. The other three official guides are known as the Blue Book, the Green Book, and the White Book.

["PostScript Language Reference Manual", Adobe Systems, Addison-Wesley, 1985 (ISBN 0-201-10174-2); second edition 1990 (ISBN 0-201-18127-4)].

Red Book

Informal name for one of the three standard references on Smalltalk. This book also has blue and green siblings.

["Smalltalk-80: The Interactive Programming Environment", Adele Goldberg, Addison-Wesley, 1984; (ISBN 0-201-11372-4)].

Red Book

Any of the 1984 standards issued by the ITU-T eighth plenary assembly. These include, among other things, the X.400 electronic mail specification, the Group 1 through 4 fax standards, ISDN, the R2 signalling system (Q.400 series recommendations), data communication via the PSTN (the V series recommendations) and tariffs and metering principles (the D series).

Red Book

The new version of the Green Book - IEEE 1003.1-1990, also known as ISO 9945-1 - is (because of the colour and the fact that it is printed on A4 paper) known in the USA. as "the Ugly Red Book That Won't Fit On The Shelf" and in Europe as "the Ugly Red Book That's A Sensible Size".

Red Book

The NSA "Trusted Network Interpretation" companion to the Orange Book.

See also book titles.
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(1) (National Counterintelligence and Security Center of the U.S.) The NCSC was established in 2014 by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to integrate and align counterintelligence and security missions and their responsibilities under one organization. Among other functions, the NCSC monitors cyber threats to the security of the United States. The NCSC works with the U.S. government cyber and intelligence communities to circumvent malicious actors both foreign and domestic, and it coordinates operations among the six largest federal cyber centers, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis and private sector partners. See NCCIC.

(2) (National Computer Security Center of the U.S.) The NCSC was formed in 1981 as the DOD Computer Security Center, which was part of the NSA. The NCSC's key function was to support standards and evaluation of computing technology for secure applications by government agencies. Reduced in staff in the late 1980s and terminated in the mid-1990s, the NCSC was replaced by other agencies.

Known for sponsoring the Rainbow Series of papers summarizing minimum requirements for secure data storage and communications, the agency was also responsible for organizing the National Information Systems Security Conferences which ended with the 23rd conference in 2000. See Rainbow Series and NCSC security levels.

(3) (National Cyber Security Centre) The equivalent of the U.S. NCSC in the U.K. and Ireland, which were established in 2016 and 2015 respectively. See GCHQ.

Red Book audio

The specification of the Compact Disc (CD), which was introduced in 1983. The terms Red Book audio, Compact Disc (CD) and CD-DA (CD-Digital Audio) are synonymous. See CD and CD-DA.
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