In today’s multigenerational workforce, professionals over age 30 are more likely to adopt cybersecurity best practices than their younger colleagues who have grown up with technology. This insight comes from research recently conducted by the Security division of NTT Ltd., a global technology services company, regarding generational attitudes toward cybersecurity.
“NTT’s research has uncovered contrasting attitudes and behaviours on cybersecurity from different generations. It’s clear from the research that the workforce has a very different approach and attitude to cybersecurity, depending on age,” says Matt Gyde, CEO, Security, NTT Ltd. “Businesses must transform their approach to security if they are to engage all generations. Most important is ensuring that employees understand that security is everyone’s business, and isn’t simply a role for IT, as has been the case in the past.”
NTT’s report, “Meeting the Expectations of a New Generation,” identifies good and bad cybersecurity practices for organizations surveyed as part of its Risk:Value 2019 report. The data cited in the report were collected through global research commissioned in 2019 involving 2,256 organizations in 17 sectors across 20 countries and conducted by Jigsaw Research.
Among the more than 2,000 professionals surveyed, nearly 700 respondents––all under age 30––worked outside of IT in management and decision-making positions.
Data suggest that those born and raised in the digital age don’t necessarily follow cybersecurity best practices. In fact, employees who have spent more time in the workplace gaining knowledge, skills, and acquired ‘digital DNA,’ tend to have a stronger security posture than younger workers.
Under-30s, on the other hand, are more laid back about cybersecurity responsibilities, the report suggests. They adopt different working styles and prefer to be more productive, flexible, and agile at work using their own tools and devices. Moreover, half of under-30 respondents think that responsibility for cybersecurity rests solely with the IT department. This is 6% higher than respondents in the older-age categories.