IT | Security

Gen Y is Overconfident About Security

By: Absolute Team | 7/30/2012

According to new research from Zone Alarm, Generation Y (who were born in the 90s and are now 18-25) are overconfident in security knowledge which can pose a problem for IT security.

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Gen Y has grown up with technology, the first generation to have computers since a young age. As a result, many people in this generation consider themselves knowledgeable when it comes to computers, the internet, social media and security. The question becomes: does effective security come from knowledge or from caution? Turns it, caution may be the key.

  • 58% of age 56-65 (Baby Boomers) consider security more important than productivity; 31% of age 18-25 (Gen Y) do
  • 22% of Gen Y consider entertainment a priority
  • Gen Y is most likely to succumb to security attacks on social networking and P2P file-sharing networks (24%)
  • Baby Boomers are most likely to succumb to security attacks via email (35%)
  • 63% of Gen Y describe themselves as knowledgeable about security
  • 50% of Gen Y have had security issues in the past 2 years
  • 42% of Baby Boomers have had security issues in the past 2 years
  • 78% of Gen Y ignore security best practices (vs 53% of Baby Boomers)

The last figure is the most startling given that security training can only go so far - the rest is up to employees to follow the security training provided. You should take a look at your employee demographics in considering your employee training methods and consider what repercussions there should be for non-compliance.