Fortinet Global Survey Shows Generation Y's Hardening Stance Against Corporate BYOD/Bring-Your-Own-Cloud Policies as Emerging

Fortinet Global Survey Shows Generation Y's Hardening Stance Against Corporate 
BYOD/Bring-Your-Own-Cloud Policies as Emerging Technologies
Enter the Workplace 
Up to 51% of 21-32 Year Old Employees Would Contravene Company
Policies Restricting Use of Own Devices, Cloud Storage and Wearable
Technologies for Work 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/21/13 --  Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ:
FTNT) -- a global leader in high-performance network security -- has
published global research revealing the growing appetite of
Generation Y employees to contravene corporate policies governing use
of own devices, personal cloud storage accounts and new technologies
such as smart watches, Google Glass and connected cars. Based on
findings from an independent 20-country survey of 3,200 employees
aged 21-32 conducted during October 2013, the research showed a 42%
increase in the willingness to break usage rules compared to a
similar Fortinet survey conducted last year(1). The new research also
describes the extent to which Generation Y have been victims of
cybercrime on their own devices, their 'threat literacy' and their
widespread practice for storing corporate assets on personal cloud
Strong Trend of Contravention 
 Despite respondents' positivity about
their employers' provisions for BYOD policy, with 45% agreeing this
'empowers' them, in total, 51% stated they would contravene any
policy in place banning the use of personal devices at work or for
work purposes. This alarming propensity to ignore measures designed
to protect employer and employee alike carries through into other
areas of personal IT usage. 36% of respondents using their own
personal cloud storage (e.g. DropBox) accounts for work purposes said
they would break any rules brought in to stop them. On the subject of
emerging technologies such as Google Glass and smart watches almost
half (48%) would contravene any policy brought in to curb use of
these at work.  
Wearable Technology Set to Enter the Workplace
 When asked how long
it would take for wearable technologies such as smart watches and
Google Glass to become widespread at work or for work purposes, 16%
said 'immediately' and a further 33% when costs come down. Only 8% of
the entire sample disagreed that the technologies would become
Widespread Use of Personal Cloud Accounts for Sensitive Corporate
 89% of the sample has a personal account for at least one cloud
storage service with DropBox accounting for 38% of the total sample.
70% of personal account holders have used their accounts for work
purposes. 12% of this group admits to storing work passwords using
these accounts, 16% financial information, 22% critical private
documents like contracts/business plans, while a third (33%) store
customer data. 
Almost one third (32%) of the cloud storage users sampled stated they
fully trust the cloud for storing their personal data, with only 6%
citing aversion through lack of trust. 
Threat Literacy Required as Survey Reveals Attacks Really do Happen 
When asked about devices ever being compromised and the resulting
impact, over 55% of responses indicated an attack on personally owned
PCs or laptops, with around half of these impacting on productivity
and/or loss of personal and/or corporate data. Attacks were far less
frequent on smartphones (19%), with a slightly higher proportion
resulting in loss of data and/or loss of work productivity than on
PCs/laptops, despite the sample reporting a higher level of ownership
of smartphones than for laptops and PCs. The same percentage was
observed for tablets (19%), but with greater consequences, since 61%
of those attacks resulted in significant impact.  
Among one of the worrying findings of the research, 14% of
respondents said they would not tell an employer if a personal device
they used for work purposes became compromised. 
The research exercise examined 'literacy levels' for different types
of security threat, with the results revealing two opposing extremes
of ignorance and enlightenment, separated by an average of 27% with
minimal awareness. Questioned on threats like APTs, DDoS, Botnets and
Pharming, up to 52% appear completely uneducated on these types of
threats. This represents an opportunity for IT departments to provide
further education around the threat landscape and its impact. 
The survey also hinted at a direct correlation between BYOD usage and
threat literacy, i.e. the more frequent the BYOD habit, the better a
respondent's understanding of threats. This represents a positive
finding for organizations when considering if/when to bring policies
in alongside training on the risks. 
"This year's research reveals the issues faced by organizations when
attempting to enforce policies around BYOD, cloud application usage
and soon the adoption of new connected technologies," said John
Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet. "The study
highlights the greater challenge IT managers face when it comes to
knowing where corporate data resides and how it is being accessed.
There is now more than ever a requirement for security intelligence
to be implemented at the network level in order to enable control of
user activity based on devices, applications being used and
"It's worrying to see policy contravention so high and so sharply on
the rise, as well as the high instances of Generation Y users being
victims of cybercrime," continued John Maddison. "On the positive
side, however, 88% of the respondents accept that they have an
obligation to understand the security risks posed by using their own
devices. Educating employees on the threat landscape and its possible
impact is another key aspect for ensuring an organization's IT
Note for Editors
 The Fortinet Internet Security Census 2013 was a
research exercise undertaken between October 7-13, 2013 on behalf of
Fortinet by independent market research company Vision Critical. The
survey involved 3,200 university graduate level individuals aged 21
to 32 and in full time employment, who own their own smartphone,
tablet or laptop.  
*20 territories participated in the survey: Brazil, Canada, Chile,
China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan,
Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, UK and
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(1) Fortinet Internet Security Census 2012 polled 3,872 20-29 year
old employees in 15 countries and asked the exact same question. 
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