Feb 28 2017

How Agencies Can Adapt to Security Concerns Millennials Pose

As younger workers enter the federal workforce, agencies need new security policies to ensure their digital habits do not lead to cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

The best way for federal agencies to adapt to a wave of young workers is to create a clear and reasonable bring-your-own-device policy, according to “Millennial Rising: ‘Digital Warriors’ Introduce Risk to Federal IT Systems,” a new report from information security company Forcepoint.

The report found that millennials are expected to make up almost 75 percent of the federal workforce by 2025, and suggests that organizations need to develop tools that provide greater visibility into users’ motives through behavioral monitoring.

“If security protocols and policies do not evolve, a highly effective millennial worker can quickly go from a super employee to an insider threat,” the report says.