A recent Cisco report shows that younger workforce employees have a different attitude about IT policies. According to the report:
About 61 percent of young employees surveyed by Cisco researchers feel corporate IT security isn’t their responsibility and should be handled by their employer or the device manufacturer, the researchers wrote in the third installation of Cisco’s “Connected World Technology” report released Dec. 14. “Young employees” in this report included 1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 23 and 1,400 professionals under the age of 30.
Seven out of 10 young employees also frequently ignore IT policies and 67 percent feel the IT policies on social media and device usage are outdated and need to be modified to “address real-life demands for more work flexibility,” according to Cisco. The younger workforce has “different” expectations of what should be allowed at work, and over time these policies and restrictions may become a deciding factor in where they choose to work,
One-third of the respondents don’t believe they are doing anything wrong. Meanwhile, 18 percent said they don’t have time to think about policies when working, and 16 percent said the policies are not convenient.
…These users were “weaned” on computers and regard social media as a “necessary extension” of their lives, Mary Ladesman, senior security researcher at Cisco, said at the same press event.
Clearly the future of computer security includes a policy of disallowing many workers access to outside social media. Additionally there should be considerations for exposing company information in social media as well.