Millennials Represent Greatest Risk to Corporate Data
The survey found 64 percent of Millennials use their employer-owned device for personal use, as opposed to 37 percent of Baby Boomers.Despite a great familiarity with a Web-based life and the technology that comes with it, the Millennial generation poses a greater risk to data security than other categories of users, according to a survey of 762 North American adults conducted by Absolute Software. The survey found 64 percent of Millennials use their employer-owned devices for personal use, as opposed to 37 percent of Baby Boomers, and 35 percent of Millennials modify their default settings, compared to 8 percent of Baby Boomers. In addition, 27 percent of Millennials access “Not Safe for Work” content, compared with only 5 percent of Baby Boomers, and a quarter of Millennials believe they compromise IT security, compared with only 5 percent of Baby Boomers. "One of the biggest surprises and causes for unease was that 50 percent of employees believe that security is not their responsibility," Stephen Midgley, vice president of global marketing for Absolute Software, told eWEEK. "The surge in mobile devices has empowered users to be more flexible and efficient, but it also means an increased number of attack surfaces for the organization. With sensitive data accessible from and stored on these devices, every employee should feel a responsibility when it comes to protecting IT security."
The survey also found 52 percent of all respondents use their employer-owned devices for personal use, 21 percent of respondents have modified the default settings on their work devices, and 14 percent of all respondents believe their behavior compromises the security of their organization.