‘Generation Gmail’ a threat to SMEs

A new generation of young email users dubbed 'Generation Gmail' is threatening to put business at risk with inappropriate email usage at work.

According to a study of 1,080 corporate email users by technology company Mimecast, more than 300 work-related emails are sent per person via personal accounts each year.

Around half of these emails contain attachments, meaning that the average employee under 25 will send approximately three emails a week containing corporate IP and potentially sensitive information outside of their work environment.

Additionally, more than a third (36 per cent) of incoming email to work inboxes is not work-related.

Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist at Mimecast, says, ‘Employees increasingly are mixing and matching technologies, using devices and platforms interchangeably to find workarounds that maximise their flexibility and productivity. Employers need to work out what they are going to do in the face of this cultural shift.’

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