Be Proactive And Update Your Cyber Security Practices

Technology has evolved leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. In fact, in the next few years, the first generation to grow up with smart phones and social media will join the workforce. It might seem like Generation Z will be the most cyber-secure generation, considering they’ve always had the Internet and other advanced technologies at the tips of their fingers, but reports are starting to show that this is not the case. Many business owners fear that Generation Z’s desire to share content online will lead them to accidentally reveal sensitive information that can cause financial, legal and branding damage to their business.

Online scammers have surely taken note of the power that social media influencers have over their fans and followers. Steve Durbin, CEO of the Information Security Forum, believes that organized criminal groups will begin posing as influencers in an effort to manipulate tech-dependent individuals into giving up sensitive information related to their employer. He’s not the only business leader who’s concerned either.

According to a study from the UK’s advisory, conciliation and arbitration service, 70% of surveyed managers were concerned about Gen Z entering the workforce. Instant gratification, resistance to authority and poor face-to-face communication were listed as the main concerns. Additionally, Entrepreneur magazine has stated that many Gen Zers struggle to differentiate between friends they’ve made online and those in the real world. The National Cybersecurity Alliance’s Annual Cybersecurity Attitudes And Behaviors Report stated that millennials and Gen Zers are more likely to experience a cyberthreat. That report also stated that Gen Zers and millennials have had their identities stolen more often than baby boomers. There’s good reason for business leaders to be concerned about the next generation entering the workforce.

If you’re a business leader who’s worried about cyber security and bringing the digital generation into your workplace, don’t fret quite yet. There are plenty of things you can do to prepare your business and ensure it stays cyber-secure. You must be proactive if you want your company to keep up-to-date with the best cyber security practices.

One of the first things you’ll want to do is implement or update a cyber-security training program. You need to have every member of your team buy into a cyber-secure culture, and the best way to get them on the same page is with a training program. That way there will be no questions, and cyber security practices won’t change from employee to employee. When new employees start, you will already have a cyber-secure culture established, so it will be much easier to train them on your processes.