Generation Y switches on to mobile applications

December 18, 2012

A new survey from Cisco entitled the 2012 Connected World Technology Report has revealed how young people are increasingly turning to mobile applications to perform tasks in the workplace.

Of the more than 1,800 people aged 18-30 from across 18 countries that were involved in the study, nearly 70 per cent said that mobile applications play an important role in their daily lives.

More than a quarter – 27 per cent – of respondents then went on to say that they mainly use mobile applications for work related tasks.

That may be of interest to organisations looking to capitalise on the new era of smartphone accessibility, as it highlights how valuable mobile applications could be when it comes to improving productivity and efficiency in the workplace.

Of course, it's also important to remember that businesses concerned about ongoing vulnerability management should ensure that their employees are only utilising smartphone applications that have undergone rigorous mobile application security.

The survey also revealed a concerning statistic regarding utilisation of employer-issued devices and BYOD policies.

According to Cisco, two out of five survey participants said that they work in a company with a BYOD policy that forbids them from using devices issued by the organisation for non-work activities.

However 71 per cent claimed that they do not always obey those policies, highlighting how sometimes cyber security threats can come from within your own organisation.

This is despite the fact that more than 50 per cent of IT professionals were found by Cisco to believe that their organisation's employees obey policies regarding personal use.

The full Cisco Connected World Technology Report – which contains numerous statistics regarding the ways in which the Generation Y demographic is utilising mobile technology on a day to day basis – can be found here.

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