Millennials Don’t Care About Mobile Security, and Here’s What to Do About It

AS IF THE world hasn’t given Millennials enough flak and attention, a new study is providing corporate IT departments with a reason to fear employees in their 20s and 30s. According to a survey conducted by TrackVia, a do-it-yourself business application platform, 60% of the Millennials “aren’t concerned about corporate security when they use personal apps instead of corporate-approved apps.” 70% of Millennials even admitted to bringing outside applications into the enterprise in violation of IT policies, compared to just 31% of Baby Boomers.

By 2020, 46% of all U.S. workers will be Millennials according to a report from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Their growing presence in the workforce will only make this disregard for corporate security more dangerous.

The dilemma is that IT departments feel trapped between implementing IT policies that get ignored and heavy-handed BYOD solutions that alienate employees and provoke even more rogue behavior. This Catch-22 is an illusion – IT actually can establish BYOD security without blacklisting applications or taking over Millennials’ phones. The solution is to separate personal and corporate data using multi-persona virtualization.