Monday, February 4, 2013

Cisco flags threat Generation Y pose to corporate security

Note: Please pay close attention to this article! As my friend & colleague David Major, President of the CI Centre in northern Virginia likes to put it "Generation Y" is The "Cause" Generation. "Globalization is natural since "everyone" is connected...~JDL

Generation Y employees are most likely to divulge personal information about themselves online, according to a study by networking giant Cisco.
The Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR) exposes the thoughts and opinions of the world's next generation of workers.
Referred to as Generation Y, or as the "millennial generation", they consist of individuals born in the late 1980s and 1990s, and are generally considered to be more "tech savvy". According to Adam Philpott, director of EMEAR security sales for Cisco, these “millennials" are now entering the workplace and sport a very different attitude towards data privacy.
"They believe in the demise of privacy — that it’s simply defunct in practice, and it’s in this paradigm that organisations must operate a concept that will be alarming to the older generation in the workplace,” he said.
The Cisco study surveyed Generation Y college students and IT workers between the ages of 18 and 30 in various industries.
Both categories included hundreds of respondents from 18 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States), making a total of 3,600 respondents. Many of the Generation Y respondents said the age of privacy is over (91 percent), while one third claimed not to be worried about the data captured about them online.
The report also showed that, although 75 per cent of Generation Y respondents do not trust websites to protect their personal information, many of them continue to use sites that require personal details, such as credit card numbers.
This becomes an issue for companies when these employees take risks online with work devices that run on corporate networks.
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