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International Youth Day is 12th August and while we celebrate the youth, it will become increasingly important for India as a country and for the IT fraternity.
India has the largest youth population in the world with over 356 million 10-24 year olds. By 2021 it is estimated that 64% of the country’s population will be in the working age group of 20-35. In the coming years this millennial population will dominate India’s workforce.
Unlike the current workforce, the GenY or the Millennial population has grown up in the technology world and is very comfortable with the use of technology in every aspect of their personal life. As they enter the professional workforce, they will expect their employers to provide them with the same level of technology access and ease of use as in their personal lives.
The millennials expect to work from any device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, smartwatch) connecting over any network (corporate LAN, public network, datacards) working from any location (office, home, beach, airport) with anytime access to the corporate applications and data. And they look towards their employer’s IT department to be able to provide this level of access. The entry of technology usage-savvy millennials creates another issue for IT.
Studies show that despite being the early users of internet and with use of technology all pervasive in their lives, millennials are surprisingly unware of the security risks and threats that they face online. Because they use their access devices in every aspect of their lives, millennials tend to think that the devices are always secure and are not only unware but also do not realise the ramifications of a security breach. In fact, a study conducted by Softchoice, a US based IT firm, sometime back threw up some interesting statistics of usage among millennials. More than 1-in-3 millennials work remotely using apps not approved by IT e.g Dropbox. Almost 40% do not know the risk of downloading cloud apps without IT’s knowledge.
This created a very interesting dichotomy for the IT department – at one end they need to provide anytime, anywhere, any-device, any-network access to the millennials coming into the workforce while at the other end they need to protect their infrastructure from the threats due to the callous attitude of the millennials to security.
Can this bridge be built? Can IT save the day for the organisation while at the same time making the millennials feel welcome?
The answer is always a resounding YES.
As millennials enter your workforce, it is critical to educate them on the importance of following the corporate security measures and the implications of a breach, if it happens. Organisations must ensure that their millennial workforce has attended an IT training session that covers the a few important aspects like:
- Do not share your password.
- Ensure you have a strong password that incorporates lower and upper case, numbers and special characters.
- Use only corporate IT approved apps for accessing work applications.
- Do not download unknown apps on the work device.
- Use multiple verification methods.
- If it’s not useful for work, do not download the app on a work device without checking with IT first.
- If you feel that the email is spam or not trustworthy, err on the side of caution and do not click on the links. Inform IT.
While some of these are basic measures, it is important to let the millennials know their importance in the corporate world.
Instasafe can work with you in helping provide secure access to your remote and mobile workforce, which includes millennials, through multi-factor authentication. Using Instasafe Secure Access, you can ensure a cloud delivered secure access to your roaming millennials needing to access the corporate apps in cloud or on-premise over any network and any device in a most cost-effective Opex manner.
Instasafe Cloud Web Security will help you implement web access security policies – including white listing and black listing of websites, time based access, profile based access, protection against malicious malware among others – on your employees including millennials.
With Instasafe, you can safely welcome millennials into your workforce safe in the knowledge that your IT infrastructure is secure.
And don’t forget to wish your millennials HAPPY YOUTH DAY on 12th August.