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Millennial Workers Put Data at Risk

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2015-06-05
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    Millennial Workers Put Data at Risk

    Millennial Workers Put Data at Risk

    By Samuel Greengard

It's estimated that Millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce by 2020. While younger workers bring fresh ideas and new enthusiasm into the mix, they also introduce new and different values, as well as additional risks. A recently released study conducted by Absolute Software, "U.S. Mobile Device Security Survey Report 2015," reveals that younger workers are redefining enterprise data security. The study of 762 workers across North America found that Millennials are more apt than Baby Boomers to use employer-owned devices for personal use. They also are more likely to modify default settings on devices, and many of them believe that security is not their responsibility. In fact, the report identifies a number of key differences in the way Millennials and other generations in the workforce think about and approach cyber-security. Stephen Midgley, vice president of global marketing for Absolute Software, says that this behavior should be viewed as "an additional data point in [organizations'] endpoint security and data risk management strategies." Here are some of the study's key findings:

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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