Everyone likes to complain about millennials. This is not what we’re here to do. Millennials are innovative, accepting of change and ultimately contribute greatly to progress and growth. The experience of the millennial compared to that of older generations is very distinct due to their exposer and reliance on technology.
Technology is engrained into the millennial’s routine, seen as a vital component to daily life. We’re going to talk about how the millennials’ experience with technology is unlike any generation before and while this serves us well, it can also result in security issues.
Interacting with technology is intuitive to the millennial. They adapt so well to technology that when it changes or new technology is created, it’s adopted with little effort. This eliminates the need to really consider or think about technology beyond the crucial way in which it aids us every day. There’s a blind acceptance and willingness to allow technology to integrate into our lives. It’s trusted.
But as technology advances and our dependency on it grows, the need for caution also grows. Downloading applications, storing and transferring data through the Internet and clicking on links are all behaviors second nature to the millennial. To protect sensitive data within your organization, it’s imperative that security practices are outlined and communicated frequently.
They Expect Speed
Technology also changes expectations for efficiency and productivity by accelerating the process of gathering data and minimizing manual labor. This means that the millennial often moves faster and relies on the convenience that technology provides. This has contributed to many organizations by decreasing overhead costs and increasing profit margins.
However, this dependency on and expectation of speed and convenience, can result in failure to adopt lengthy security protocols. The importance and purpose of your organizations security measures should be stressed to employees and security SOPs should be simplified where they can, making them easier to adhere to.
They Work Remote
The number of companies that allow for telecommuting is continually growing as more and more companies adopt the teleworking trend. Many businesses have been wise to adapt as it can lead to more satisfied employees and decreased costs in office space. In 2017, millennials expect some level of flexibility regarding telecommuting.
With anything, there are pros and cons. The cons of teleworking include security concerns. While many companies require that remote employees work on a Virtual Private Network (VPN), there is still a lack of control regarding how employees store sensitive data (such as on their personal devices) and the security measures that they take.
Setting up a Virtual Private Network can do a lot to protect your data but you can take additional security measures by providing computers to your telecommuters that are backed by antivirus protection; providing firewalls to remote employees; and enforcing a security protocol for telecommuters who work with sensitive data.