Young Workers say BYOD a 'Right' Not 'Privilege'

Ellen Mesmmer June 20, 2012
Young Workers say BYOD a 'Right' Not 'Privilege'
Also, 1 out of 3 surveyed would violate anti-BYOD policies to use personally owned device at work.

A survey that asked thousands of young "20-something" workers their attitudes about bring-your-own-device"policies found slightly more than half view it as their "right" to use their own mobile devices at work, rather than BYOD being just a "privilege."

Fortinet, which sponsored the survey, says it decided to focus the BYOD-related questions specifically on college-educated employees between the ages of 20 and 29 because this younger segment -- the future of the workforce -- is digitally savvy, and their first phone may be a smartphone. The 3,872 young workers responding to the BYOD survey said they already regularly engage in the practice of using personally owned mobile devices at work. And apparently thumbing their noses at corporate policies, 1 out of 3 said they would gladly break any anti-BYOD rules and "contravene a company's security policy that forbids them to use their personal devices at work or for work purposes."