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Young Asians contravene company policies

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 24, 2013
Fortinet Asia survey shows a 21% increase in the region in the willingness to break tech usage rules.

Up to 57 percent of 21-32-year-old employees in Asia contravene company policies related to the use of own devices, according to a newly released Fortinet Asia survey.

These employees have also hardened stance against personal cloud storage accounts and new technologies including smart watches, Google Glass and connected cars. Fifty-five percent would contravene any policy set to stop the use of these at work.

The research shows a 21 percent increase in the willingness to break usage rules in Asia compared to a similar Fortinet survey conducted last year.

Although Gen-Y is going against the rules, it also has been victims of cyber crime on their own devices. Another issue of concern is their practice of storing corporate assets on personal cloud accounts.

“The study highlights the greater challenge IT managers face when it comes to knowing where corporate data resides and how it is being accessed,” said Patrice Perche, Fortinet's senior vice president for International Sales & Support. “There is now more than ever a requirement for security intelligence to be implemented at the network level in order to enable control of user activity based on devices, applications being used and locations.”

Trust cloud for storage

Thirty-two percent of the Asian cloud storage users said they trust the cloud for storing their personal data 

Forty-three percent of Asian respondents using their own personal cloud storage accounts for work purposes said they would break any company rules to stop them.

Twenty percent of Asian respondents said wearable technologies such as smart watches and Google Glass will become widespread immediately. Thirty-nine percent said they will become popular when the costs come down.

Seventy-two percent have used their personal cloud accounts for work purposes; 15 percent of this group store work passwords using these accounts and 39 percent use personal cloud accounts to store customer data.

Sixty-one percent appear completely uneducated about specific threats such as APTs, DDoS, Botnets and Pharming.

“It’s worrying to see policy contravention so high and continuing to rise, as well as the high instances of Gen-Y users being victims of cyber crime,” added Perche. “Educating employees on the threat landscape and its possible impact is another key aspect for ensuring an organisation’s IT security.”

 

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