A recent study from Cisco exposed how younger employees view security in the workplace, and how they try to get around the controls put in place. One statistic that really jumped off the page for me was the fact that more than 60% of young employees don’t believe it is their responsibility to protect information or devices. Instead, they believe it’s the responsibility of IT or someone else.
This shows very clearly that employees, especially younger ones, are still not getting the message about security, privacy, and their responsibility. These unnerving results might explain why we still have so many data breaches – an average of one every other day over the last five years. And in the first six months of this year, more than half of the data breaches involved the exposure of Social Security numbers.
We know from research that many – if not most – data breaches can be traced to mistakes by employees. Thanks to this report, maybe now we know why.
The three-part Cisco Connected World Technology Report aimed to expose the attitudes of students and young employees to internal security policies meant to protect them, their employers, and their customers. As the report found “many young professionals take extreme measures to access the Internet, even if it compromises their company or their own security. Such behavior includes secretly using neighbors’ wireless connections, sitting in front of businesses to access free Wi-Fi networks, and borrowing other people’s devices without supervision.”
Other findings of the report included:
RELATED STORY: The 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report (PDF)
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