Government Policies To Attract Millennial Candidates May Increase Risks

February 20, 2017


A 2014 report from the Government Accountability Office shows that by September of this year 31% of government employees will be eligible for retirement. With the potential of losing nearly 1/3 of the workforce, new policies are rolling out to attract young talent. It's no secret that mobile use is on the rise. It's predicted that by 2020 the number of mobile devices being used daily will increase by another 50%. Millennials rarely use desktop devices and have come to think of their smartphone as a "one-stop-shop" for all their computing needs. In m any ways these devices have become an extension of them. Everything from research and work to shopping and dating takes place on their mobile phone.

Just like a Silicon Valley company, the government must offer competitive programs and policies to attract new talent, this year and in the years to come. Many agencies have adopted a BYOD (bring your own device) policy as a perk of working for them. Whether the phone or tablet is owned by the employee or by the government doesn't matter as much as it did in recent years. Many employers, including Uncle Sam, allow both work and personal use on all devices regardless of who owns them. “Whether in the office or on the go, the younger generation expects to be able to connect with people, files and workflow tools, securely, from anywhere and on any device,” says Faisal Iqbal, Senior Director of Sales for the U.S. Public Sector at Citrix.

The advantage for the employer is an increase in mobility, boost in workplace efficiency, and a reduction in cost. The downside is the security risk. As we reported on throughout 2016, the number of malicious attacks aimed specifically toward mobile networks has skyrocketed. While some organizations have put thorough security measures into place, many remain unprotected. With the dual personal/professional use of devices, government entities face a unique challenge in keeping secure information secure while still allowing for personal communication. Fortunately, solutions exist to keep work and personal functions completely separate, thereby eliminating the immediate threat.

What the future will hold for mobile security is anyone's guess. But organizations at every level need to invest the time and resources now to prevent threats which will only continue to grow more severe.