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Do Younger Employees Know the Risks of Cyber Crime?

Do you employ anyone in their mid- to late-teens? If so, how fluent are they in cyber hygiene?

People in this age group have been shown to participate in some concerning—and possibly illegal—online behaviour.

While they may not be launching malware attacks or ripping off Grandma with a credit card scam, it is fairly normal for people this age to pirate movies, and about 25% admit to bullying someone online. 

Unsavoury to say the least, but how does it affect your business? Because these behaviours may be normalized in certain sectors of younger generations, it’s possible they’re doing it at work.

One of the ways cybercriminals infect networks with malware is through casual software piracy on business devices, so it means your business may be vulnerable.

If you’ve read in this space before, you know that the answer is pretty simple: education.

The businesses that consistently show a high degree of cyber resilience are the ones where employees clearly know their responsibilities on the network.

Well-trained employees know that poor behaviour online leaves the company open to security challenges. More importantly, this conduct isn’t cool; it harms people, so employees must be aware of the consequences of their actions.

Ultimately, the employee must know that you’re serious about these issues, so ensure it is clear what happens when policies are breached.

Finally, an open conversation about the latest scams and attacks will keep defences on the alert.

We are experts in this area, so if you need some advice or feel your employees could use some training, we’re here to help. Contact us any time!