Visual Objects, an entity providing a visual guide to finding and hiring the best creative firms, surveyed 500 full-time U.S. employees to learn about how employees affect cybersecurity practices at their workplaces. The results are not encouraging.
Six-in-ten (63 percent) of full-time U.S. employees have recycled passwords on work accounts and devices. The data shows Millennial workers are 6.5 times more likely to always reuse work passwords than are Baby Boomers, who demonstrate safer password practices. Some observers think this is due to Millennials' comfort with technology, which encourages poor password behavior.
Currently, 63 percent of employees are not concerned about storing personal information on work devices. In an interesting twist, however, more than one-fourth of Baby Boomers (27 percent) are very comfortable with keeping personal information on work devices, despite associated cyber risks. However, only 17 percent of Millennials felt this way. In this case, observers believe that because Millennials have more technological devices, like a personal laptop, tablet, mobile phone, and game consoles, they spread their personal information over several devices, unlike the average Baby Boomer, who may only have the use of the work laptop for personal activities.
Although experts agree companies are responsible for determining security protocols, employees should take more responsibility to follow those protocols. "63 percent of Employees Reuse Work Passwords, Millennials Are Biggest Offenders" www.prnewswire.com (Nov. 12, 2020).