Privacy Perils: Respect Your Elders

May 5, 2020
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It is a commonly-held belief that younger, more tech-savvy individuals are less likely to engage in risky cyber practices than their “senior,” pre-internet counterparts. Recent evidence, however, indicates to the contrary. Chubb’s 2019 Cyber Risk Survey revealed these surprising statistics:

Age Group Delete Suspicious Emails Regularly Monitor Their Financial Statements Enrolled in a Cybersecurity Monitoring Service
Over 55 77% 74% 53%
35 – 54 55% 57% 41%
18 – 34 36% 33% 29%

Vigilance, not vigor, produces safe cyber practices. In fairness, it is not the wisdom that comes with age that explains the survey results. In fact, “that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.

Check out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.