Millennials & BYOD


Thought Leadership

Millennials & BYOD

Neil Farquharson

Much has been written about the so-called millennial generation and its differences from preceding generations. It’s all too common to see headlines proclaiming things like “Millennials – The Most Entitled Generation?” and “Everything You Know about Millennials is Wrong.”

Truthfully, millennials are just like every generation before them, except for one key difference: they are the first generation to enter the workforce that grew up with access to computers, cellphones and the Internet.

With millennials expected to make up 75 percent of the global workforce by 2030 – it is essential to understand how this generation is transforming the workplace, especially when it comes to IT security.

One key aspect that needs to be taken into account is their love of mobile devices. While most people “love” their smartphones and tablets, millennials are the most connected generation ever and spend an incredible amount of time on their mobile devices; arguably more than the amount of time spent staring at TVs.

This doesn’t change when they get into the office. The barrier between work use and personal use is rapidly blurring, and employees are starting to push back on the intense security around personal device usage. In fact 53% of employees consider their company’s mobile device security a nuisance.

A recent Forrester survey also provided some additional insights:

  • 61 percent of corporate workers are choosing to use their own personal smartphones for work
  • 56 percent of those workers are doing the same with tablets

Not only is it an IT manager’s responsibility to stay ahead of the latest security threats, but also it is his or her responsibility to keep up with employee needs and demands. In the case of mobile security, this means stepping away from the dictatorship of cumbersome and outdated corporate-owned devices and MDM strategies.

To ensure employee buy-in, particularly from millennials, a mobile security solution must be easy to implement and use. By implementing a secure BYOD solution with a no-data-on-device approach, businesses choose a win-win solution. Employees can safely access corporate data while working on-the-go, while IT managers can rest assured knowing that corporate sensitive information is secure.

Unlike a traditional MDM solution, employees don’t need to worry about losing their selfies or notes or contacts. If an employee’s mobile device is ever lost or stolen, an administrator can simply disable access thus mitigating the risks of a potential breach because the data doesn’t actually reside on the device.

In the end, companies can greatly benefit from putting millennials’ tech-savvy ways of thinking to good use – and vice versa. In order to keep up with growing security concerns, it’s up to companies and their IT departments to implement security solutions that protect data without hindering opportunities created by a more mobile workforce.

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