Bad news: Younger workers don’t care about their own privacy, either

Here’s some really bad news for IT pros charged with protecting the security of their companies’ sensitive data: 

Younger employees entering the workforce don’t care about online security, even when it comes to their own personal data, according to a recent survey conducted by networking vendor Cisco.

The so-called Millennial generation is becoming increasingly lax when it comes to protecting information, including their personal data and work-related sensitive information.

Nearly all (91%) of the 1,800 employees and college students age 18 – 30 surveyed believe “the age of privacy is over,” and a third aren’t worried about the security of the private data about them that’s held online, according to Cisco.

In addition, 57% are okay with websites collecting sensitive personal information if they believe they’ll benefit. That’s despite the fact that most (75%) don’t trust websites to protect their personal data, including credit card numbers and other financial information. That fear has little affect on those users’ web habits.

Unfortunately, that lax attitude toward personal privacy doesn’t extend to the companies millennials are working for — 68% said their employer’s IT department has no right to monitor their online activity. That’s likely because many of them aren’t willing to follow IT’s security policies.

Users violating BYOD policy

Close to half (40%) of users say their company’s policy prohibits them from connecting with a personal smartphone or tablet — yet 70% admit to breaking that BYOD policy. And IT often isn’t aware, as half of the IT pros surveyed say they believe all users obey policies on personal use.

That’s in line with previous research that show younger workers believe using their own personal device at work is a right, rather than a privilege.

For IT, that means simply having a BYOD policy likely isn’t enough to protect sensitive information. Those rules must be combined with effectively security controls to make sure unapproved devices aren’t being given access to the company’s network or it’s data.

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