The Top Ten Internet Security Terms To Drop In a Job Interview

Employers expect that job candidates are familiar with the digital world. We’re not talking about IT professionals. It doesn’t matter what kind of position you are applying for, most companies conduct business online. They want to know that you are web savvy and that you have a working knowledge of privacy and security issues.

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Whether you are applying for a position as an administrative assistant or for upper level management, if you can’t show that you at least know the basics when it comes to the tech world, you will be passed over for someone who does. Employers want to know that you are not going to be the source of a data breach that brings shame and financial ruin on their company. We’re here to help. If you don’t even know how to send a text message, you probably need this more than most, but don’t be intimidated, it’s not as difficult as it seems.

1. The Cloud: If you don’t know what the cloud is, you should learn now. You are using cloud computing every day in your personal life. The cloud is simply a means of storing data and accessing it using a program over the Internet. It’s a lot more complicated if you want to get into technicalities. Not knowing what the cloud is at this stage, is like saying you didn’t know what the Internet was in the 90s.

What is the Cloud?

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2. Data Security or Information Security:  This term describes the protection of information that is posted on digital devices or computers, or sent over the Internet. The focus on data security is becoming stronger as more data breaches are affecting the privacy of our information.

3. Privacy Policy:  Every company that has a website or offers a product or service online has one, or they should. Before your job interview you should familiarize yourself with the company, their website and their privacy policy, so that you understand how they collect, use and store information. This is very important if you are going to be involved in something like marketing or sales.

4. BYOD:  This acronym stands for “Bring Your Own Device”. Many organizations are implementing BYOD policies. Some companies may want you to use your own smartphone, tablet or laptop for work, but most companies realize the value of placing some controls over the use of this equipment. If you work for a company that doesn’t allow you to bring your own, you will not be able to spend your lunch hour texting your girlfriend. You won’t be able to bring your work home on your USB, but then again, you won’t have to worry about being accused of stealing company secrets.

5. HIPAA and HITECH:  If you are seeking any kind of position in healthcare, even if it is a receptionist in a doctor’s office, you must be familiar with these government regulations. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act were enacted to protect patient data. If you have no idea what they are, you won’t get the job.

6. Encryption: This is what turns information into encoded messages that require an encryption key to be decrypted. Strong encryption is the greatest method of protecting data as it passes through the Internet. Encryption is  a form of secret writing or cryptography.

7. Public and Private Key Cryptography:  If you really want to impress a potential employer, drop these words, but you better know what you are talking about. Secret writing and codes have been around as long as humans wanted to send private messages. Watch the video to learn more:


8. Secure Content Management:  This is a way of keeping all of your documents safe in the cloud. It is easy for those with authority to access the files, but they are protected by encryption and passwords. This ensures that if a computer or other device was destroyed, lost or stolen, none of the company’s information would be lost. It also makes it easy to share or access data from anywhere in the world.

9. Secure Email and Document Delivery:  By using the cloud and encryption to send documents, you can be sure that your recipient is the only one who can open the document and that it is fully protected. Contact the experts at iPost for more information on secure content management and document delivery.

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10. Data Breach:  This is what happens when you aren’t familiar with the topics we just touched on. A data breach exposes private information in various ways and is caused by human or technological error, or hackers. Data breaches lead to identity theft when identifying information of a company’s employees or customers is breached.

Protect yourself and your future employer by learning more about data privacy and security. Read our blog on a regular basis to learn more.

The experts at iPost understand how important security and privacy are for all of our customers. We provide solutions for secure content management and document delivery. Contact us to learn more.

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