Younger Generation Identified as Major Culprits of Breaches

According to a new independent study into the attitudes of next-generation workforce about the cybersecurity, commissioned by Centrify, a leading provider of Zero Trust Security through the power of Next-Generation Access, believes that younger employees are becoming the main culprits for data security breaches in the workplace.

The independent study also reveals that these similar decision makers are doing very small to alleviate their worries, with over a third of 18 to 24-year-olds will be capable of accessing any files on their company network and only one in five having request permission to access some specific files. Almost half (43%) is having access to only those files which are important to their work.

The study conducted by Censuswide, sought the analysis of 1,000 next generation workers who are 18-24 year olds and also the 500 decision makers in UK organizations to determine how privacy, security, and online behavior at work impacts the lives of the younger employees and also the companies that they work for.

While password sharing list is at the top of 56 percent as to what keeps the decision makers awake at night? Approximately 29 percent of younger workers reveals that they are in the driving seat when they come to the password changes with their employers leaving it to them and also for deciding when they need a password change. Additionally, 15 percent of them admit that they can freely share passwords with their colleagues.

Approaches towards Social Media and Online Behaviour

Younger employees could impact the workplace negatively, about 47 percent of the decision-makers concern about them of sharing social media posts and the impact of these could have a reputation and on the brand.  On the contrary, one in five workers are not worried about their social media activities might affect their employers and almost 18 percent generously admit that their posts could compromise employers’ security and also privacy policies of those employees. Less than half said that their company has a social media strategy in place which highlights the need for the strong social media access controls that follow the philosophy of a ‘Zero Trust’ approach towards the security which suppose that users inside a network are no more reliable than those outside the network.

The next generation of the workers will always-on approach to technology with no any experience of an off-line world further strengthen the need for robust security policies. When we come to this generation of workers, then almost 40 percent of the decision-makers are worried about their misuse of devices via social media, while 35 percent said that they are too gullible of technology and 30 percent worry about that they easily share company data.

However, 79 percent of decision-makers report that they have a strong security policy in places and almost 74 percent of them believes that their employees are abiding it, over 37 percent feel that the young workers are too relaxed about security policies.

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