Digital natives more prone to cyber attacks

New research from cyber security company Proofpoint reveals a lack of knowledge on cyber threats such as phishing and ransomware

Millennials are more likely to fall victim to cyber attacks than babyboomers, reveals Proofpoint’s annual State of the Phish report. It also shows that 83% of global respondents experienced phishing attacks in 2018, compared to just 10% of respondents reporting experiencing a ransomware attack. Furthermore, older generations were less likely to fall victim to cyber attacks than their younger counterparts: 73% of those aged 54+ know correctly what phishing is, compared to 58% of those aged 22–27. In addition, 52% of those aged 54+ know correctly what ransomware is, compared to only 40% of those aged 22–37.

Cyber security strategist Adenike Cosgrove, EMEA, Proofpoint, said: “Lack of cyber security awareness, in particular among the millennial/Generation Z demographic, presents a greater threat than many businesses expect. Our latest research shows that older generational groups can more accurately identify threats such as phishing and ransomware.”