Survey Reveals Tech Security Generation Gap

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Survey Reveals Tech Security Generation Gap
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:44:05 AM »
Analyst questions results that show young tech-savvy users are less concerned with security -- and more prone to breaches -- than older users

https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9228344/Survey_reveals_tech_security_generation_gap

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Re: Survey Reveals Tech Security Generation Gap
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 11:12:07 AM »
Older folks have had time to become cynical and distrusting of the modern world. Youngsters still believe everyone is good and honest, they have yet to be burned.

I don't much like that survey though, only three groups and less than 2000 people? I bet that if they did a real good survey they would find that the oldest generation doesn't use the computer for the kinds of things that store personal information on the computer, so when their security does get breached, there are few results. Whereas the youngest generation that had a computer in the crib, put their entire life on the computer.

I think it is the middle age folks that have had to learn to use computers on the job, and have seen crime grow with technology, and have had to learn the security procedures to stay ahead of the criminals. But they tend to coddle their children, to protect them from all the bad in the world, which is why their children put their entire life on the internet.

I think the generation that will be best suited to use the internet and computers is the generation that is about to be born. They will have the examples of the entire range of dealing with computers and security to draw from, and they will have grown up with computers.

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Re: Survey Reveals Tech Security Generation Gap
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 01:28:22 PM »
Here is the actual data from ZoneAlarm:
http://blog.zonealarm.com/2012/06/the-generation-gap-in-computer-security-an-insecure-gen-y.html?view=infographic

Just eye-balling the numbers and graphs, I doubt the differences are important or statistically significant for most comparisons, except for the proportion who follow "best security practices". Shoot, even I failed that one, as I don't use a "two-way" firewall on my Win 7 systems. (Then again, I disagree with their statement that most security experts consider this a best practice).