When it comes to cybersecurity in the workplace, younger workers don’t seem to really care, which puts their organizations at serious risk, a new study finds.
In a survey of about 1,000 workers using their employer-issued devices, professional services firm EY found that Gen Z employees were more apathetic about cybersecurity than their Boomer counterparts when it came to security policies comply with their employer.
This is despite the fact that four in five (83%) of all respondents said they understood their employer’s safety protocol.
For example, when it comes to implementing mandatory IT updates, 58% of Gen Z and 42% of Millennials would ignore them for as long as possible. Less than a third (31%) of Gen Xers and just 15% of Baby Boomers said they do the same.
Apathy in youth extends to the password (opens in new tab) Reuse between personal and business accounts. A third of Gen Z and Millennial workers surveyed admitted this, compared to less than a quarter of all Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Almost half of Gen Z and Millennials “were likely to constantly or often accept web browser cookies on their work devices,” compared to 31% of Gen X workers and 18% of Baby Boomers.
“Enterprises urgently need to re-engineer their security strategy with a focus on human behavior,” said Tapan Shah, consulting cybersecurity leader at EY America.
Some say young people’s apathy towards technology is because they are too familiar with technology and have never been without it.
Being too familiar with the technology no doubt makes a company’s younger employees a prime target for cybercriminals trying to exploit every vulnerability.
When an organization’s cybersecurity practices are not strictly followed, threat actors can compromise massive networks with simple social engineering attacks.
As the recent attacks on Uber and Rockstar Games have shown (opens in new tab)A good social engineer doesn’t have to be tech-savvy to leak confidential company and customer data and incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and fines.
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