Millennials Pose a Greater Security Risk

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-20-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Who's Responsible for Security?
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    Who's Responsible for Security?

    50% of respondents said security is not their responsibility and 30% said there should be no penalty for losing company data. 78% think their company clearly communicates to them about security best practices.
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    Boomers vs. Millennials
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    Boomers vs. Millennials

    5% of Baby Boomers believe they compromise IT security, whereas 25% Millennials think so.
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    Work Devices for Personal Use
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    Work Devices for Personal Use

    37% of Baby Boomers use their work device for personal use compared to 64% of Millennials. 8% of Baby Boomers change their default settings in contrast to 35% of Millennials.
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    Device Use
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    Device Use

    Respondents use a plethora of devices, according to this breakout: 1 device: 46%, 2 devices: 37%, 3 devices: 12%, 4 devices: 4%
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    Security Risk by Position Level
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    Security Risk by Position Level

    Senior, mid-level and junior level employees have very different perceptions of their device's security risks. 33% of senior-level professionals think their device is not safe for work, compared to 19% and 9% of mid-level and junior personnel, respectively.
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    Personal Use of Company Devices

    76% of senior-level professionals have used their work devices for personal use compared to 65% and 51% of mid-level and junior employees, respectively.
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    Loss of Device

    26% of senior-level professionals have lost their device during the past five years, compared to 8% and 5% of mid-level and junior employees, respectively.
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    Perceived Value of Data

    In 2013, 59% of respondents believed corporate data was worth less than $500. This year, 25% of respondents believe that data is worth less than $500 and 23% believe it is worth $50,000 or more.
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    Benefits of Mobility

    Asked what they consider the greatest benefit of mobile, respondents said: Ability to respond to requests from any location: 39%, Work while travel: 38%, Able to bring device to meetings at work: 31%, More flexible during working hours: 29%, Can access corporate data remotely: 28%
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    Mitigating Security Risks Through Education

    The report recommends: Training employees on best practices, Maintaining updated IT security policy, Building policies to address employee behaviors that may put sensitive data at risk
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    Ways IT Can Mitigate Security

    For the IT Department, the report recommends implementing security that gives IT visibility over all devices on or off the network and applying a layered approach to data security including encryption, remote endpoint security capabilities and anti-malware.
 

Millennials are a greater security risk to organizations than older employees, according to a new survey. The report also finds that one-half of respondents believe IT security is not their responsibility and that they understand the risks associated with the loss of corporate data. The online survey, "U.S. Mobile Device Security Survey Report," conducted by security and data risk management firm Absolute Software, was done last January and includes 762 U.S. adults ages 18 and over. All are members of the Springboard American Forum, an online platform through which people express their opinions. All respondents use an employee-owned mobile device and work for a company with 50 or more employees. "We conducted the survey with the intention of helping enterprises better understand the current attitudes that employees have towards data security and privacy," said Stephen Midgley, vice president, Global Marketing, Absolute Software. "Armed with this information, customers can consider user behavior as an additional data point in their endpoint security and data risk management strategies."

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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