Are Gen Y employees undermining your BYOD program?


CIOs are already wrestling with how to best manage Bring Your Own Device programs. Now comes word that many Gen Y members of your staff may be thwarting all those good efforts.

That is the highlight of a new study by Fortinet, which surveyed 3,200 employees between the ages of 21 and 32 on their attitudes and practices around BYOD. The findings were not encouraging for IT managers.

Just over half (51 percent) of respondents said they would ignore formal BYOD policies at their organization. That was a dramatic increase from only one year ago, when a similar study by Fortinet found that 36 percent of Gen Y'ers would ignore such policies.

Making matters worse, the same survey revealed that over half of respondents (55 percent) said they have been the victims of cyber attacks, according to reporting at Enterprise Networking Planet. Such attacks had potentially cost corporate or personal data, and certainly impacted their productivity, the respondents who had experienced attacks said.

"It's worrying to see policy contravention so high and so sharply on the rise, as well as high instances of Generation Y users being victims of cybercrime," Fortinet Vice President of Marketing John Maddison said in a study report.

Read more:
- see the Fortinet 2013 study report
- see the Fotinet 2012 study report
- the Enterprise Networking Planet article

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