Translating Cybersecurity Jargon to English

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You don’t need to be technologically savvy to be able to understand cybersecurity. All you need is someone with deeper insights to explain it using friendly, everyday vocabulary. I established my writing career, more or less, on translating tech to English and my ability to help people make sense of complex terms using analogies they can relate to.

If you have ever heard someone say, “Tell me like I’m five,” then you’re familiar with this concept of simplification. To be clear, the phrase doesn’t imply that you are dumb or incapable. It means that you have less detailed knowledge of the subject, whether it’s outside your line of work or just something you’re not interested in. While you can comprehend the big ideas, the jargon and specific elements might be lost on you. This is typically the case with cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is an important aspect of any business. However, employees outside of the IT (Information Technology) department lack a comprehensive understanding due to its complex nature. Internet security often gets brushed aside because stakeholders and executives receive the information in a “language” that might as well be Greek. It’s unlikely that they will invest in a foreign concept. This is why it is crucial to be able to explain obscure IT terms in a way that anyone can understand.

Technological jargon is used everyday in computer science jobs, but the average person working in other fields can’t conceptualize those terms. What’s more is upon asking or searching for clarification, people are met with definitions that only confuse them further. The way an employee views cybersecurity depends on their role and responsibilities. Internet security might be in the back of a salesperson’s mind, but at the front of the CFO’s.

Before your office can implement cybersecurity, it needs to be described in a way that everyone can grasp. Varonis translated some common IT buzzwords into explanations that even your parents can understand. They went so far as to offer common threat terms in addition to the IT vocabulary. This way you and your company will know what to look out for. Jump to the infographic below to see ten typical IT terms explained.

It’s difficult to clarify complicated subjects in an efficient and effective manner. Varonis did the work for you to help jumpstart your organization’s journey to securing their online information. In order to use cybersecurity to its full extent, it is necessary to point out exactly how cybersecurity can solve a problem or make work easier. You can do this by providing tangible solutions and real-life examples to convey the importance of data security.

How to Turn 10 Common Cybersecurity Terms Into a Language Everyone in Your Office Can Understand

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About Author

Rob Sobers is a Sr. Director at cybersecurity firm Varonis. He has been writing and designing software for over 20 years and is co-author of the book Lean Ruby the Hard Way, which has been used by millions of students to learn the Ruby programming language. Prior to joining Varonis in 2011, Rob held a variety of roles in engineering, design, and professional services.