CompTIA Security Plus Mock Test Q630

Which of the following is an indication of an ongoing current problem?

A. Alert
B. Trend
C. Alarm
D. Trap


Correct Answer: C
Section: Threats and Vulnerabilities

Explanation:
An alarm indicates that something is wrong and needs to be resolved as soon as possible. Alarms usually continue to sound until the problem is resolved or the alarm is manually silenced.

Incorrect Answers:
A: An alert does indicate that something is wrong. However this question asks about an ONGOING problem. An alert will usually just trigger at the beginning of a problem whereas an alarm will sound for the duration of the problem.
B: A trend signifies the ongoing status of something. That status may change during an ongoing problem so the trend will indicate that the current status is different than normal. However, an alarm is specifically design to indicate that there is currently a problem and is a better answer.
C: A trap is something that is triggered by an event. The ‘problem’ may cause the trap to trigger. However this question asks about an ONGOING problem. A trap will usually just trigger at the beginning of a problem whereas an alarm will sound for the duration of the problem.

References:
Dulaney, Emmett and Chuck Eastton, CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, 6th Edition, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, pp. 69, 470