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A computing environment (also called a computer environment) is

[a] [w]orkstation or server (host) and its operating system, peripherals, and applications.[1]
[t]he total environment in which an automated information system, network, or a component operates. The environment includes physical, administrative, and personnel procedures as well as communication and networking relationship with other information systems.[2]
[t]he general term describing the people, hardware, software, and databases comprising a single computer system or several network-connected computer systems, and the associated standards.[3]


  1. CNSSI 4009.
  2. NSTISSC, National Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (NIACAP) (NSTISSI No. 1000) (Apr. 2000) (full-text).
  3. OGIS Guide, Glossary (full-text).