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Generation Z, the generation that has grown up with technology in its pocket, are said to be the most likely to be the ones to cause a security breach.

In a survey of 500 Irish office workers by DataSolutions in May 2019, Gen Zers topped almost every category as the most concerned group in relation to hacks and cybersecurity related issues.

The results indicate that 19 per cent of all Irish office workers have sent sensitive work-related information to the wrong email recipient and almost 30 per cent admitted to having access to company information or private logins from a previous employer. Fourteen per cent of the workers surveyed also admitted that they have copied sensitive company data from previous or current employers for personal use.

Despite considering themselves as the early adopters of the latest in the technology world, most Gen Zers don’t know any cybersecurity professionals and haven’t had the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity.

Experts suggest that business leaders are not putting the correct solutions and strategies in place to deal with cybersecurity threats. In doing so “the future of their organisation is at stake” says Dave Keating, Group Security Director of DataSolutions.

However, the report does indicate that the younger generation (those aged between late teens and early 20s) are more suspicious of cyber-related issues and actually fear being hacked, but as Keating also notes:

“While it is a positive sign that the younger generations place an emphasis on internet security, we can see that this awareness doesn’t always translate into action”

An information systems professor in Belgium believes that more training is required as he states that:

“All the investment in technology is necessary, but not enough. It is now time to invest in people” particularly when remembering the WannaCry debacle which could have been avoided if adequate training was provided.

 

Article originally posted on PrivSec:Report


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