Security, specifically cybersecurity, within an organization has never been more important than it is today. With every organization facing hundreds of threats daily they need to make sure every measure is being taken to keep malicious actors out. One of those acts is to make sure their employees are aware and trained on how to prevent letting in these malicious actors. But who do IT professionals believe are the most likely to put your organization’s sensitive information at risk? Well per a recent 3-part survey taken by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Citrix 55% of the 4200 IT and IT security specialists say it is Millennials. Generation X came in second at 25% and Baby Boomers came in third at 20%.

The survey aimed to uncover the global IT security risks and relay the importance of advancing security policies to keep up with the rapidly ever evolving cyber world. In the survey, experts from a wide range of industries shared their biggest IT security concerns and what challenges they face when trying to improve their existing systems. 

Even though those surveyed believed Millennials were the ones who presented the greatest overall security risk every group was not without their own faults. Millennials were found to be the ones who will use unapproved apps within the workplace. Gen Xers tend to not adhere to company security policies. Baby Boomers were found to be the ones who were most susceptible to phishing and social engineered scams.

The underlying factor is each of these situations is that the workplace is changing and with that comes the changing in the risks associated to the human factor. The survey found that 81% of those that responded believe the reason these security risks happen in their organization is the insufficient security staff with knowledge and credentials. This only continues to reflect what has been an ongoing issue within the cybersecurity world, lack of talented individuals to fill the many of open positions.

Besides the people within the organization being what increases the security risk there is also the technology being utilized. Respondents were asked about the technology being used within their organization and 69% stated that their organization’s existing security solutions are outdated and inadequate. The leading technology believed to be out of date within their organization is their identity and access management system. 78% stated their organization was out of date and it needed to be upgraded. Understanding who has access and to what is crucial in knowing who is doing what within your system and network. When asked, what technology is most important to reducing security risks, 78% stated a new and fully integrated identity and access management system. When asked what ways, they believed could fix the situation, 72% stated an improvement within the staff/staffing and 65% stated improvement in the technology utilized.

The results from this survey once again proves the most important line of defense in protecting your organization’s critical information is ensuring you have the proper people in place and that those people are properly trained and educated on updated security practices. Once the people are in place arming them with the best technology and security solutions will on further enhance your organization’s ability to defend itself against malicious actors.

To read all 3 of the reports by Ponemon Institute click here.