Gen Y not worried about identity theft

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More concerned about viruses.

Generation Y remains relaxed over identity theft and publishing personal information.

Just 14 per cent of 18-24-year-old laptop owners rate identity theft as their number one laptop security risk, according to research from Absolute Software. This is in comparison to the threat from viruses (24 per cent) and data loss (20 per cent), which are seen as more of a concern.

Dave Everitt, general manager at Absolute Software, said: "The fact that 18-24 year olds have different attitudes towards security and are much more open about putting their personal details online, heightens their vulnerability to theft.

"The alarming rise in attacks via social media alone should strike a chord with the younger generation who are using these sites on a daily basis. Similarly, if their laptop gets stolen the information stored on it is an easy means for thieves to steal your identity. It is just as bad as having your wallet stolen."

Commenting, Alex Clayton CISSP, security and continuity service manager at 3i, claimed that Generation Y are finding different ways to work and it is up to organisations to understand their up-and-coming employees to get the most out of them.

He said: "Draconian, hard and closed information security and HR policies might not be the best way to encourage a positive working environment. Generation Y works better when it is connected and networked.

"Obviously, the security risks abound in this area and it is up to security professionals to embrace new working ways whilst still ensuring that organisation's information is protected."

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