The study, of 2,400 people, said the yoof of today’s ‘slapdash’ attitude to data security is causing problems for their employers. The results showed that under-25s send an average of 300 work-related emails a year from their personal account, with about half of those containing attachments – which means your corporate IP is sent off into cyberspace by your GG employees an average of three times a week. That means an increasing amount of IP stored on public servers.
Now, this might not be a social problem to rival, say, the burgeoning unrest in North Africa and the Middle East – but it does make a serious point. Having IP on servers you don’t control may be bad news. But as file-sizes get bigger and employees’ expectations change, imposing a size limit on mailboxes and attachments is becoming increasingly unrealistic. Granted, splashing out for new mail servers isn’t always an option, but there are other ways to do it: some web-based email services offer corporate options, too, where each user has over 25GB to play with. It takes a lot of Lolcats to fill that.
Then again, the survey also showed that more than a third of email coming into work inboxes isn’t actually work-related. So one option is to sit your younger employees down and tell them to stop gossiping – and then they might suddenly have a lot more room in their company inbox.