Being a Millennial, I live with the negative connotation that comes with being born in the 90s. I recently watched a very popular video that was introduced to me by a friend’s father called “A Millennial Job Interview”. As ridiculous and amusing as you are probably imagining it as, it was.

 An older man is interviewing a young girl asking her questions about what she is proficient in and her answer is, “Snapchat and Instagram.” Then proceeding to text during the whole interview using terrible grammar and professionalism. It ends by her wanting to speak with HR and she wasn’t even hired yet.

Sadly enough this seems to be an ongoing trend for millennials in this day and age. They are more attached to the internet than anything else. However, when it comes to internet safety how do we compared to our elders? People in this age bracket are considered Baby Boomers and typically range from 54–72 years old. The “Turtles of Technology” if you will. One could make the argument that Millennials are more at risk of a cyber attack. We are online a lot more and we have a ton of different devices… everything from phones to tablets and computers…and we expect a BYOD policy with access to company information on all of our devices all of the time. When it comes to Millenials vs Baby Boomers, I still think we have a leg up on The Turtles of Technology.

Now Baby Boomers, don’t take this to heart! There are a few positives of being new to the internet and the threats that come with it. Typically someone who is unfamiliar with something, may be slow to move and overly cautious. Also as they are learning a new skill, the idea of cybersecurity can be built into the groundwork of internet or software training and this is the key!

I could answer a lot of internet safety questions without reading or studying because most of my life I grew up in a world with computers and developed an inherent understanding of right/wrong behaviors online. Some of this learning comes by mistakes as children and can be small with minimal consequences. Little Billy might give his password to his Facebook to his 9th grade girlfriend. After they break up, she logs in and posts a bunch of embarrassing photos of him online. This obviously is unfortunate for Billy, but minimal damage caused and do you think he learned a good lesson about password safety and the internet? Now think about my Aunt Meg for instance, and what she is doing at work with her company email. When that hacker mail comes through asking her to save half off on her cruise to the caribbean — she wants to know more. Aunt Meg’s curiosity leads to clicking this link and has the potential to cause serious harm for her company and she puts them at risk for a cyber attack daily. Four other Aunt Megs in the office make the organization a ticking time bomb.

When I started this new job, I actually ran a safe phishing simulation on my Aunt Meg to see if she would click a link that gave her a free amazon gift card from a colleague. With no surprise, she fell for the email, and it really opened her eyes. She never thought it would happen to her and the scariest part is that there are Aunt Megs in every organization from the front desk to the board room.

At the end of the day, the importance is making everyone aware. Waiting to learn from your mistakes like in this scenario can be costly, so being proactive and taking precautionary steps will be the difference in the long run. The best part — this can be free — here’s how you have that conversation. The Cybersecurity Conversation You Should Be Having With Employees. Secondly give credit where it’s due and get off our backs! Us millennials were born into it!

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Wuvavi is an employee cybersecurity platform that provides information security awareness training, simulated phishing capabilities, and the analytics required to track progress and improvement. Wuvavi’s goal is to make every employee in your organization an active participant in information security.