There is a lot at stake when it comes to the question of Millennials and data security: by 2025, Millennials will make up the majority of the workforce. According to a recent Centrify study, more than a third of managers believe that millennials are the “main culprits” of data breaches. But it may not be that simple.
Millennials have been described as “Digital Natives” because as the first generation to grow up in a fully digital world, they are different from every generation that has preceded them. “It’s tempting to over-generalize when it comes to Millennials,” according to Kal Bittianda, Head of the Global Cybersecurity Practice for Egon Zehnder. “Digital Natives have a different perspective on things like social security numbers being posted to the Internet because they’re already out there,” Bittianda observed, “their definition of crown jewels may be different.”
In order to fully understand how shifting demographics will impact organizations' cybersecurity, it's imperative to have a deep understanding of specific organization’s overall culture before drawing conclusions about specific demographics. Rather than being the “cause of all data breaches”, Millennials may hold some of the solutions to these cybersecurity challenges.
Full Story: Millenials: An Urban Legend In Cybersecurity. By George Finney, Security Roundtable.