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Risky Business: Young people want the internet at any cost

But how much is it costing them?

The internet and social networking have become integral to our daily lives, and if you’re under 30, you don’t remember not being connected.   This younger generation has grown up using technology and want to be in the same “hyper connected mode” at work as they are in their personal lives — and they’re breaking rules to do it.  Anyone surprised?  I’m not!

But I think you may be surprised at the findings in part three of the Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR) released this week.  We interviewed 2,800 young people — all under the age of 30 — in 14 countries about their attitudes toward IT security.

Cisco did this report because we’re in the technology business and want to better understand the future of work …what tools younger people want and need, and how to recruit and retain them.

Here are two findings that really stood out:

  • 7 in 10 employees admit to breaking policy with varying regularity
  • And 8 in 10 employees said their company’s IT policy on social media and device usage is either
    outdated — or they’re not sure if any policy exists at all (not their problem!)

Here’s what else we found you may consider troubling:

  • 1 in 3 don’t see anything wrong with sharing very private information online
  • And often because of this, 1 in 4 have experienced identity theft before age 30 (I think they’re sharing a bit too much!)
  • 4 in 5 left their computers and smart phones unattended in a public place

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Interop New York: Bright Lights, Big Network and How to Manage it All

New York City always has lots going on, but if you’re heading there next week, don’t miss all the great activities we have going on at Interop 2011. We’ll be focusing on several timely IT trends and issues, but our top billing will be Bring Your Own Device.

In fact, if you saw my blog from the past week, Not Your Mother’s Connected World, you might remember one of the statistics I cited from our 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report: Two-thirds of students (66%) and more than half of employees (58%) cite a mobile device (laptop, smartphone, tablet) as “the most important technology in their lives.” This attitude, plus the overall proliferation of mobile devices up the ante for IT managers as they look to find new ways of managing the network.

To see what else we have in store in for you next week, watch the video below.


I hope to see you at Booth 121! And remember, for more detail on what’s going on, go to

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Out of Control User = Frenetic IT

When you access your email each day, do you do so at a distance of 15 paces because you’re just not sure what might jump out of that inbox? You can just about anticipate an email detailing how another user has caused a “blip” that will stretch your capabilities to protect both the user during their online engagements and the assets of the company? Or perhaps, there will be an email asking to set up a meeting of all-concerned to discuss how the employees in the sales department believe your information security policies are standing between them and their ability to do their job. Whose responsibility is it to keep the user engaged, informed, and compliant with company policy? Odds are, information technology leads will find their constituents asking how to accomplish something that wasn’t anticipated when the policies were created.

In a previous blog “When Your Employee Doesn’t Want to Come to the Office,” I shared my thoughts on the mobility aspects of the employee who wishes to work remotely. Today Cisco released part two of the Cisco Connected World Report and confirmed my hypothesis above: email inboxes are overflowing and IT departments are racing to catch up as the consumerization of the work place continues. Reading part two of the report, I was encouraged to see that more than 80 percent of IT department respondents noted they had an IT policy. What I found disheartening was the results from the end user, which detailed that ~24 percent of respondents didn’t know a policy existed, let alone where to find it. If that is the case, the escalation of policy collision isn’t going to occur.

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The Workforce is Changing – Shouldn’t IT Policy?

Today, Cisco released the second set of results from its Connected World Report, a global study that looks at employee lifestyles, the importance users place on anytime, anywhere access and how important mobility and flexibility are to workers.  A key take-away from the results is that mobility is definitely going mainstream, and IT policy makers should be prepared to accomodate it. Through additional analysis of the survey results, Cisco has discovered more interesting findings about the relationship between corporate IT policies and users; chiefly, as workers become more mobile and distributed, there is a major disconnect between IT policy and worker behavior.

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Show me the Money? Not so fast…

If you had the chance to take a job offer for more money, but not have the ability to work outside the office or accept a lower pay package and have the flexibility to work anytime, from anywhere  so you could realize a work life balance – what would you do?

The Connected World Report, released yesterday, confirms that two out of three or 66 percent of the employees surveyed around the world said they would choose the lower-paying job with more flexibility.  What is even more significant about this response is it comes during a time of great economic global uncertainty.

This research is further evidence that going to a borderless network is becoming more important as the changing dynamics of businesses and employee expectations as the global workforce becomes increasingly mobile and distributed.  Employee lifestyles, inside and outside the office, are making access to corporate and personal applications and information on any device a requirement.

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