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Fortinet research finds Generation Y brings increased security risks to workplace
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Fortinet research finds Generation Y brings increased security risks to workplace 

Based on a 20-country survey of 3,200 employees aged 21-32, 51 per cent of respondents said they would contravene any policy put in place regulating the use of personal devices in the workplace. Thirty-six per cent of respondents indicated they would also contravene rules brought in to stop the use of personal cloud storage, such as DropBox.

Twelve per cent of the group that admitted to using personal cloud storage at work said they use it to store work passwords, while 22 per cent said they use it to store critical documents and 33 per cent said they use it to store customer data.

According to the survey results, over 55 per cent of respondents said their personal laptops or PCs have been compromised by an attack. Fourteen per cent of respondents said they would not inform their employers if their devices were compromised.

Additionally, the survey covered levels of threat literacy among this age group and found that up to 52 per cent of respondents were uneducated about threats like DDoS and APTs. Researchers, however, noted that BYOD usage was marked by a heightened understanding of the threat landscape.

“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,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing, Fortinet.

“The study highlights the greater challenge IT managers face when it comes to knowing where corporate data resides and how it is being accessed. There is now more than ever a requirement for security intelligence to be implemented at the network level in order to enable control of user activity based on devices, applications being used and locations.”

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