Forget the rising price of avocadoes and housing – it seems the oft-maligned millennial generation has bigger problems.
Although more technologically savvy than older generations, millennials typically worry a lot less about the security of their online data. There’s many examples of millennials de-prioritising online safety, including downloading unapproved apps, recording their every movement on social media, and repeating passwords across multiple websites.
In doing so, millennials risk bringing unsafe cyber practices into their workplaces. One survey shows 71% of Australian businesses believe millennials in the workplace is an increasing risk to their IT infrastructure.
Like many things, this online carelessness seems to be a by-product of generation. Baby boomers are naturally more cautious in their online approach. They didn’t grow up with technology the same way millennials did, and tend to tread carefully in their online journeys.
Millennials, however, can think they are invincible online, and can view excess security measures as an obstruction to speed or ease of use. This poses a challenge to cybersecurity companies, who must strike a delicate balance of protecting the younger generation online, without making it burdensome for them to do so. As for company concerns, education should be a huge focus – and the hope that sound cybersecurity practices at work will filter through to home habits.
To me, the answer may lie in a cautionary tale – even Kourtney Kardashian isn’t immune from cyber-attack. The reality TV star recently had her emails hacked by her mother Kris Jenner’s stalker, who also impersonated Kris and hacked her iCloud account…and if that in itself isn’t good TV, I don’t know what is.
Those pesky Kendall Jenner-watching millennials are the biggest threat to the security of your tech infrastructure, according to a new study. The majority (71 per cent) of Australian security, IT and business professionals responding to research conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Citrix said the growing number of millennials in the workplace to be an increasing risk to their IT infrastructure. More than half (55 per cent) of respondents across Australia and New Zealand consider millennials – who are bringing mobile apps, devices and new methods of information sharing and collaboration to the workplace – pose the greatest risk to sensitive and confidential data. This compares to 26 per cent for Gen X and 19 per cent for Baby Boomers.