There is a growing threat looming to corporate computer security in the attitudes of younger workers to technology, according to a report issued Wednesday by Cisco Systems Inc.
Seven out of 10 young employees frequently ignore IT policies and two-thirds said they believe their company's policies need to be modified. About 61 percent said corporate IT security isn't their responsibility, believing it is that of their employer or the maker of their devices.
The study's authors wrote that a casual attitude toward security may be a contributing factor to the fact that one in four said they had been a victim of identity theft before the age of 30.
It called the attitudes of younger workers and college students "startling."
"The desire for on-demand access to information is so ingrained in the incoming generation of employees that many young professionals take extreme measures to access the Internet, even if it compromises their company or their own security," the report said.
A contributing factor, according to the report, is that this younger demographic grew up with the Internet and has an increasingly on-demand lifestyle that mixes personal and business activity in the workplace.
Among the majority who said they frequently ignore their company's IT policies:
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