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Millennials are greatest risk to corporate data

Staff writer |
Absolute Software Corporation announced the results of a U.S. mobile security study, conducted earlier this year and it shows that Millennials are a greater risk to data security as compared to other user categories.

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The report provides insight into employee attitudes toward IT security and their behaviors on corporate-owned mobile devices.

Based on usage preferences and content accessed, the results offer an eye-opening perspective on the security risks associated with employee mobile device usage, depending on company size, employee age, their role, and the number of devices they use.

The report demonstrates clear differences in generational behavior and associated risks related to data security.

Millennials versus Baby Boomers:

64% of Millennials use their employer-owned device for personal use, as opposed to 37% of Baby Boomers
35% of Millennials modify their default settings, compared to 8% of Baby Boomers
27% of Millennials access "Not Safe For Work" content, compared with only 5% of Baby Boomers
25% of Millennials believe they compromise IT security, compared with only 5% of Baby Boomers

Additional findings of the 2015 Mobile Device Security Report include:

50% of respondents believe that security is not their responsibility
52% of respondents use their employer-owned devices for personal use
21% of respondents have modified the default settings on their work devices
14% of all respondents believe their behavior compromises the security of their organization

Respondents also selected the three top benefits of mobility:
39%: I can respond to requests from any location
38%: I can be more responsive
38%: I can do work while I'm travelling


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