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More than half of Millennials see email as secure

A new survey has found that 18 to 34 year olds send almost twice as many confidential emails to the wrong recipients than ‘Gen Xers’.

The survey, carried out by Echoworx (opens in new tab), makers of OneWorld, raises concerns over UK organisations’ internal governance policies.

The survey findings, which have been released today, looked into users’ perceptions of email as a secure means to share sensitive corporate data. Thirty per cent of Millennials admitted to sending confidential corporate information to the wrong recipient.

Furthermore, a considerable number of respondents admitted to the receipt of confidential data via email that was unintended for them, at 50 per cent (18-34) and 39 per cent (35-54) respectively.

With Millennials expected to account for 75 per cent of the UK’s workforce in a decade’s time, perhaps the most striking revelation from the study was their lack of concern over email security. Over half believe email to be the most secure form of communication.

“These results highlight a clear lack of awareness about email security, in an industry where corporate data is highly regulated. What is all the more worrying is the future workforce’s understanding of email security. Businesses need to quickly revisit their internal governance policies to ensure that all employees are sufficiently trained and fully aware of the damages associated with email-related data breaches”, said Jacob Ginsberg, Senior Director, Echoworx.

The study went on to reveal how security risks are on the rise among 18-34 year olds; with 54 per cent accessing confidential work information on a personal device.

The research, which polled 1,000 financial services professionals across the UK, was carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Echoworx in April 2015.

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.