Generation Y More Likely To Circumvent BYOD Policies, Putting Businesses at Risk
November 04, 2013
By Michael Mayday
, TMCnet Contributing Writer
Generation Y workers — those between 21 to 32 years old — are more likely to circumvent Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and expose large, midsize and small businesses to a variety of cyber attacks, according to a new Fortinet (News - Alert) survey.
"This year's research reveals the issues faced by organizations when attempting to enforce policies around BYOD, cloud application usage, and soon the adoption of new connected technologies," Patrice Perche, vice president for Fortinet, said in a prepared statement. "The study highlights the greater challenge IT managers face when it comes to knowing where corporate data resides and how it is being accessed."
The challenges of BYOD, particularly to network security, have been well documented. At the top of the list of those challenges is addressing employee mentality when it comes to BYOD.
When it comes to Generation Y, however, that mentality can be left wanting. Generation Y employees will, at some point, break BYOD rules. For example, up to 51 percent of workers between the ages of 21 and 32 said they'd circumvent any company policy banning the use of personal devices at work. It gets better; 40 percent of respondents said they already use consumer cloud storage services in a work context — putting information security at risk of a third-party attack.
This approach to BYOD from a younger generation doesn't bode well for employers seeking to stem cyber attacks and data leakage, especially as more technologies and services become interconnected.
One solution posed by Centerbeam, an IT management company and subsidiary of Earthlink (News - Alert), is unified endpoint management. By limiting network access to specific criteria, companies both large and small can reduce the risk of employees accessing sensitive company data through insecure methods.
Sound endpoint security management can also minimize the impact of data loss through physical theft — important in an age where mobility is growing in importance.