Which Generation of Users Poses the Biggest Threat with Mobile Security?

Leading enterprise security solution provider Absolute Software Corporation today announced the results of a US mobile security study conducted earlier this year.

The survey, which collected responses from 762 North American adults over the age of 18, suggests that millennials appear to be a greater risk to data security, compared to other user categories.

The research sheds light on employee attitudes toward IT security and their behaviors on corporate-owned mobile devices. Based on usage preferences and content accessed, the results offer a telling perspective on the security risks associated with employee mobile device usage, depending on company size, employee age, job role, and the number of devices they use.

The survey results demonstrate clear differences in generational behavior and associated risks related to data security. Among the headline statistics to emerge from the research, it was revealed that 64% of millennials use their employer-owned device for personal use, as opposed to 37% of baby boomers, and that 25% of millennials believe they compromise IT security, compared with only 5% of baby boomers.

"We conducted this survey with the intention of helping enterprises better understand the current attitudes that employees have towards data security and privacy," said Stephen Midgley, Vice President, Global Marketing, Absolute Software. "Armed with this information, our customers can consider user behavior as an additional data point in their end-point security and data risk management strategies."

Additionally, a shocking 50% of respondents revealed that the do not believe that security is their responsibility, raising a need for increased efforts to illustrate the importance and severity of data security in the workplace.

"While the report indicates real progress in a number of critical security areas, there is still a lot that can be done to modify behavior and educate employees," added Mr. Midgley. "Ultimately, everyone is responsible for protecting sensitive business information. Knowing there is ambiguity between how different users may approach this requirement, IT leaders need to provide meaningful guidance and training that reinforces this collective accountability."