iGen Identified As Main Culprits Of Security Breaches At Work

Security Breaches – In a recent survey conducted by Identity and Access Management firm, Centrify, an evaluation of managerial attitudes towards employees belonging to generation Z and their safety, privacy, and online behaviors at work was conducted.

New research from Centrify has assessed managerial attitudes towards younger employees (18-24-year-olds) and their security, privacy and digital networking behaviors at work.

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Centrify released the report at a press launch event in central London on 20 June 2018.

Over 33 percent of senior execs think that the younger generation of employees is the main culprits for security breaches at work. Centrify pointed out this statistic as a result of independent research conducted into the attitudes of younger workforce regarding security and data breaches.

More troubling is that the research also unveils that these very senior executives are barely taking any action to pacify their own concerns, with more than a third of workforce aged between 18 and 24 having access to any data present on their organization network with just twenty percent of them having to ask authorization to access some data. Forty percent of the young surveyors have access just to the data which related to their job.

The research, carried out by Censuswide, asked the opinions of 1,000 next-gen employees (18-24 year olds) and 500 administrators and executives in companies based in the United Kingdom to learn how cyber security, privacy and social networking and web management at workplace influences the lives of youthful workers and the firms that they work for.

On the one hand, weak security practices such as password sharing leads the list at 56%  as to the thing that keeps senior executives up at nights, 29% of younger employees report that they have the upper hand  with respect to password changes with their bosses  leaving it to them to determine when they wish to change their passwords. To add a cherry to the cake, 15% of the younger workers agree that they freely share the passwords with co-workers.

Social networking and online behavior attitudes

When questioned about how employees aged between 18 and 24 could adversely affect the company, 47 percent of executives said that they are concerned about them sharing posts on social media platforms and the effect these could potentially have on status and name of the company.  On the contrary, twenty percent of employees are not worried about how their social media posts could influence the companies they work for – and 18% of them openly agree that their social media posts may put their company’s security and privacy guidelines in jeopardy.

Less than fifty percent state that their organizations have established social media policies, emphasizing on the necessity for robust social media access controls that follow the Zero Trust architecture, which literally trusts no one. The younger workers are always connected to the internet and the digital world, they have little to zero experience in the offline world. This factor reinforces the requirement of firm cyber security guidelines. Four in ten of the executives are worries about the younger workforce abusing the company’s devices.

But 35% of decision makers state that they are incredibly unsuspecting of technology, and three out of ten are concerned that they share business information very readily.

Approximately eighty percent of decision-makers state that they have a solid security strategy in place and nearly three-fourths of them believe that their workers follow it, more than a third (37%) believe that young employees are very carefree concerning security guidelines.

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