Young employees are very lax when it comes to following company IT policies, maybe because their social media and smartphone mobile device usage polices are outdated or do not exist according to 80% of them. The trend of ignoring privacy concerns seems to carry over from college where student’s protection of personal devices and information online is also not given much thought. 86% of college students allow unsupervised access to their computers by people other than themselves, including people they do not know, according to a global survey.
- 70% of young employees admit to breaking company IT policies and 61% feel they should not be held accountable for protecting the information on devices, according to a global survey.
- The worldwide survey of young professionals also showed that 4 in 5 of them said their company’s IT policies in regards to social media and device usage were outdated, if their company even had one.
- Greater than half (56%) of the young professionals surveyed globally say they allow their computers to be used by others (family, friends, business partners, coworkers, people they do not know) unsupervised, this number increases to 86% for college students and 16% of college students also admit to leaving their personal items, including devices, unattended in public.
- College students not only share their devices but also according to the global survey 1 in 3 have no issues with sharing personal information online (some via social media), have the belief that privacy boundaries are decreasing or “do not think about privacy” which leads to 1 in 4 of them having their identity stolen before the age of 30.
- 2 in 5 college students, according to the global survey, said they know a friend or family member who’s been a victim of identity theft.
- Cisco’s connected world report video:
Source Cisco (December 14, 2011)
Respondents & Study Method Online survey of 1,441 college students (age 18-24) & 1,412 employees (age 21-29) worldwide (AU, BR, CA, CN, FR, DE, IN, IT, JP, MX, RU, ES, UK, US), May-June 2011