As millennials have entered the workforce and begun to take prominent positions, a cottage industry has sprung up that examines the habits of these young professionals and how best to approach them in the workforce.
Many characterizations are assigned to these individuals, including that they’re more tech-savvy than their elders. That’s natural: They grew up around mobile devices and social media.
The younger generation likely does take to new technologies more readily than others. But don’t think this means cybersecurity is less a concern for 20- and 30-somethings. In fact, the opposite may be true.
Recent research from Microsoft examined online tech support scams to determine which populations are most vulnerable. Researchers found it wasn’t the elderly, as stereotypes might have suggested. The dubious honor goes to the younger crowd — Millennials and Generation Z — and particularly males within these generations.
Microsoft suggested several explanations for the surprising outcome.
For one, younger populations’ own confidence in their technological prowess might act as an Achilles’ heel. Essentially, Millennials and Gen-Zers might have a degree of carelessness in the face of cyber threats.
Also, online threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with social engineers posing as representatives from reputable companies. Accordingly, Microsoft discovered that the groups in question will often trust those claiming to be tech support from reputable companies, sometimes without hesitation.
Adequate privacy education is becoming an essential part of employee training for organizations across the board. Rather than being an exemption from this rule, it seems millennials need to be a special focus. Training initiatives should address the tech-savvy, confident but perhaps less privacy-minded characteristics of this group. That way, privacy-protection responsibilities are taken up appropriately.
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