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Young professionals, students ignore IT policies while using online information-Cisco
TT Correspondent |  |  16 Dec 2011

Most employees while using internet give a damn to security threat that their employers face. They frequently ignore the IT policies putting themselves and their employers at risk. This was disclosed  by Cisco Connected World Technology Report.


The report says that seven out of 10 young employees frequently ignore IT policies, and one in four is a victim of identity theft before the age of 30, according to a global study from Cisco announced today.


The Cisco Connected World Technology Report is an international study that examines the next generation of workers’ demands and behavior involving network access, mobile device freedom, social media, and work lifestyles.


The latest findings from the Cisco Connected World Technology Report reveal growing concerns for employers. The desire for on-demand access to information is so ingrained in the incoming generation of employees that many young professionals take extreme measures to access the Internet, even if it compromises their company or their own security. Such behavior includes secretly using neighbors’ wireless connections, sitting in front of businesses to access free Wi-Fi networks, and borrowing other people’s devices without supervision.


Considering that at least one of every three employees (36%) responded negatively when asked if they respect their IT departments, balancing IT policy compliance with young employees’ desires for more flexible access to social media, devices, and remote access is testing the limits of traditional corporate cultures. At the same time, these employee demands are placing greater pressure on recruiters, hiring managers, IT departments, and corporate cultures to allow more flexibility in the hope the next wave of talent can provide an edge over competitors.


 The second annual Cisco Connected World Technology Report surveys more than 2,800 college students and young professionals in 14 countries that represent the largest or fastest growing economies. It was commissioned to understand how companies must balance business needs and risk management with the next generation of employees’ technology expectations and behavior.


It says that about 32% college students surveyed in India have experienced identity theft. When applied to a broader pool of people, about 51% college students in the country said they know of friends or family members who have experienced identity theft. The following findings provide insight into the frequency of identity theft across people from different generations.


On Security and online privacy the report reveals that one in three (33%) college students globally does not mind sharing personal information online, believes privacy boundaries are loosening, or does not think about privacy, providing foreshadowing for how the next generation of the global workforce will address information online – perhaps for business as well as personal activities.


About 31% of employees surveyed in India have lost their mobile device in the last 12 months – score one of the highest amongst all nations surveyed. Students in India not too far behind, about 29% lost at least one of their mobiles devices (tablet/smartphone/laptop) in the same period.


About 87% of employees in India are aware of security issues when accessing corporate networks from remote locations. However, about 40% students surveyed confirmed lack of concern for privacy.

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