when it comes to cyber security In the workplace, younger employees don’t seem to care much, which puts their organizations at serious disadvantage, new research claims.
Professional services firm EY surveyed nearly 1,000 workers using employer-issued devices and found that Gen Z employees were more unconcerned about cybersecurity than their Boomer counterparts in adhering to employer safety policies.
This is despite the fact that four out of five (83%) of those surveyed claimed to understand their employer’s security protocol.
When it comes to implementing mandatory IT updates, for example, 58% of Gen Z’ers and 42% of Millennials will ignore them for as long as possible. Less than a third (31%) of Generation X’ers, and only 15% of Baby Boomers said they do the same.
Apathy in youth extends to The password (Opens in a new tab) Reuse between private and business accounts. A third of Gen Z and Millennials surveyed admitted this, compared to less than a quarter of all Gen X’ers and Baby boomers.
Nearly half of Generation Z and Millennials are “likely to accept the web.” Browser Cookies on their devices released from work all the time or often,” compared to 31% of Generation X workers, and 18% of Baby Boomers.
“There is an immediate need for organizations to restructure their security strategy with human behavior at its core,” said EY America’s consulting cybersecurity leader, Taban Shah.
Some say that young people’s apathy towards technology is due to their excessive knowledge of technology, and they have never lived without it.
There is no doubt that being comfortable with technology makes the younger employees of the organization a prime target for cybercriminals looking to exploit any vulnerability in security.
If an organization’s cybersecurity practices are not strongly supported, threat actors can penetrate large networks with simple social engineering attacks.
as it seems from Recent attacks on Uber and Rockstar games (Opens in a new tab)A good social engineer doesn’t have to technically consider leaking sensitive company and customer data, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in mitigations and fines.