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Data Security risks from Millennials vs Baby Boomers

It's 10pm... do you know where your Millennials are?

At that time of night there is a good chance they are at home, working, using a personal device to access corporate data.
 
Millennials (18-35) are the single largest generation in the US workforce; one in three employees is a millennial. By 2025 they will make up 75% of the workforce. This generation is different than the Baby Boomer (55+) generation - life priorities, loyalties, and ways of working, all of which results in Millennials posing the greatest risk to existing corporate data protection practices of any segment of the workforce.
 
The 2015 US Mobile Device Security Report from our partner Absolute Software compares the behavior of Boomers versus Millennials.  
  • 64% of Millennials use employer-owned device for personal use, versus 37% of Baby Boomers
  • 35% of Millennials modify default settings, only 8% of Boomers do
  • 27% of Millennials access “Not Safe For Work” content (e.g. online banking, shopping, personal email, Social Media, public WiFi, file sharing, etc.), vs. only 5% of Boomers
  • 25% of Millennials believe they compromise IT security, compared with only 5% of Boomers

As already reported, the 2015 Internet Trends Report confirms this trend where 87% of US Millennials never let their smartphone leave their side, day or night, and expect to be able to work when and where they want. As employees remain at the core of data breaches, so policies must change to accommodate these work practices by applying a risk management approach involving peopleprocesses and technology