The Human Face of Information Risk – Is Age a Factor?

This is our penultimate mini blog on the results from our survey into the Human Face of Information Risk. This article looks at whether age should be a consideration for companies defining policies to reduce information loss. Read on for the answers…

Why would you compromise the company you work for?

It’s possible the younger age groups score more highly here as they have built up less loyalty to the organisation. The focus of the younger groups on perceptions of being underpaid may be exacerbated by the current lack of employment for young people and graduates leading to degradation in the salaries offered by employers to people in these age brackets.

It could also be explained by a wider attitudinal shift in the younger generation, for whom freedom of information is increasingly seen as a right. With social media and movements of organisations like Wikileaks, helping younger people to see why an organisation may need to keep its information private may require further training and education.

It could also be explained by a wider attitudinal shift in the younger generation, for whom freedom of information is increasingly seen as a right.


Alternatively, it could be that with maturity comes loyalty, and that attitudes in relation to one’s employer shift over time. It would be interesting to see what a similar survey would tell us in 10 years time when the younger people in the survey are occupying the senior management positions across the UK.

Have you ever sabotaged or compromised the company you work for?


If you were to deliberately sabotage or compromise your company, would you…?

So what can you do to remediate the threat from this group? As a suggestion:

  • More comprehensive pre-employment checks;
  • A board-level review of the business impacts to consider the potential costs from compromise of specific business assets, including information;
  • Constraints on IT/information access privileges to unevaluated employees;

To find out more about the human factor of Information Security come along to Ascentor’s seminar. Simon Moore from the CBI and Gordon Morrison from Intellect, together with Ascentor’s MD, Dave James will be discussing the results and how to protect your company’s information. The Human Face of Information Risk – The Bristol Hotel – Thursday, 6th September 2012 .


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