By The Numbers

The Unstoppable Millennials

The Unstoppable Millennials

A survey of Indian millennial employees underscores the needs to create tighter security frameworks and more stringent monitoring.

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    Educate employees on threats and their impact. The more employees are educated, the more likely they will abide by enterprise rules.

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    Get to know your workforce better. Device a strategy that embraces new modes of working since their arrival will change business radically.

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    Secure at the network level. There’s a need for security intelligence to be implemented at the network level in order to enable control of user activities based on devices, applications being used and locations.

Based on findings from a Fortinet India Survey, up to 58 percent of 21- to 32 year-old Indian millennial employees say they would contravene company policies that restrict the use of personal devices, cloud storage, and wearable technologies at the workplace.

Millennials are giving CIOs sleepless nights. Based on findings from a Fortinet India Survey, up to 58 percent of 21- to 32 year-old Indian millennial employees say they would contravene company policies that restrict the use of personal devices, cloud storage, and wearable technologies at the workplace.

The survey shows that—against company policy—43 percent of Indian millennial employees would bring personal devices to work, 42 percent would store critical data on a personal cloud service, and 58 percent would use emerging technologies such as smart watches.

Over 63 percent of Indian millennial staffers trust cloud applications like Dropbox and Evernote with work data. Just over 15 percent say they have used a cloud service to store financial data related to work, 22 percent for ‘critical private documents such as contracts, and 33 percent have used a cloud service to store customer data.

They might be indifferent to the rules, but Indian millennial employees are certainly not threat-illiterate, and fully comprehend the meaning of terms such as hacking, malware, phishing and APT among others. The survey reveals that over 55 percent millennial employees’ computers have been compromised, and over 96 percent agree that they have an obligation to understand the security risks that their personal device pose to their organizations.

Shubhra Rishi is senior correspondent for CIO India, ComputerWorld India and ChannelWorld India. Send your feedback to shubhra_rishi@idgindia.com. Follow Shubhra on Twitter at @ShubhraRishi.