Millennials have officially surpassed baby boomers as the largest generation in the workforce, and were practically born with technology in their hands. Millennials have been connected from a very young age and are incredibly technology savvy – but why are they the laziest when it comes to security of their devices and data?
Here are a few things we think we know about the millennial generation:
- They are young: 18–34 years old in 2015.
- They are outnumbered by baby boomers.
- They are highly tech-savvy, which makes them less of a security threat to businesses.
- The problem is that only the first of those three common assumptions is true.
This year, millennials will pass baby boomers to become the single largest generation in the workforce. That’s why it is so vital to understand their security habits—and lack thereof.
Consider these findings from a 2015 online survey by Software Advice of 529 business employees:
- Millennials re-use passwords more than other demographics—85 percent admit to re-using credentials across sites and services.
- Sixteen percent of millennials accept social media invites from strangers “most of the time.”
- Forty percent of millennials use personal devices to access work files.
- Fifty-six percent of millennials admit that they are “very” or “moderately likely” to evade restrictive workplace controls.
Another frightening survey by TrackIT found that 60 percent of millennials “aren’t concerned about corporate security when they use personal apps instead of corporate-approved apps.”
You can read the full article here: Are Millennials Putting Your Company at Risk?