March 24, 2015
Millennials are becoming one of the most influential generations in terms of what the workplace and data security will look like in coming years.
Born in the 1980s and '90s, they are the largest generation in the U.S. workforce today. The first wave is in their thirties, and by 2020, 46% of all workers will be millennials.
Being tech savvy is what makes this generation so extraordinary – and influential.
As Forrester Research put it, technology has shaped much of their lives. millennials (or Generation C’s – C is for Connected) have grown up with online shopping, smartphones, and social media. In 2014, more than eight in 10 used a smartphone, and almost half used a tablet.
But while technology drives almost everything they do, there appears to be a lack of regard for data security. As this darkreading.com article points out, that’s what information experts are most concerned about.
A survey by TrackVia, a DIY business application platform, showed that 60% of millennials “aren't concerned about corporate security when they use personal apps instead of corporate-approved apps.”
And despite BYOD policies that ban certain apps, nearly 50% bring personal apps into the workplace “because corporate apps can’t do what they need them to do”. Furthermore, 35% use their own apps because corporate-approved apps cannot be used across different devices.
Since every business will be hiring this group, if they haven’t already, it’s important to know what a workplace can do to keep confidential information safe.
For more ways to protect information, introduce millennials to the essentials – and importance – of legislative compliance in our Document Management E-book.