As a younger generation of employees begin to trickle into the workforce, they'll likely be bringing with them their personal mobile devices. This tech-savvy generation of workers, a recent Fortinet study concluded, will be more inclined to go against a company's bring your own device policies.

According to the research, employees between the age of 21 and 32 were 42 prcent more likely to disobey BYOD policies than last year's study. In all, 3,200 individuals from 20 countries were surveyed.

More than half of respondents said they would "bypass or circumvent" policies that would limit their use of cloud solutions, personal devices and emerging wearable technology that is expected to soon find its way into the workplace. Additionally, 41 percent believed that BYOD policies "empower" them.

Nearly 70 percent admitted to using their personal cloud storage tools for work-related matters, with 12 percent of those users stating work passwords were stored in their personal cloud; 16 percent saved financial information; 22 percent stored mission-critical business information including contracts and plans; and surprisingly enough, 33 percent stored customer data.

Fortinet's research sheds light on a serious dilemma for business IT departments, especially at a time when resources are already stretched thin with the daily tasks of maintaining, supporting and ensuring security for IT operations.

"The pervasive attitude of younger workers illustrates one of the prevailing forces driving BYOD," wrote Tony Bradley, a contributor for PCWorld. "Basically, companies were left with a choice of embracing and managing BYOD, or having users simply break the rules and do it anyway."

Addressing the BYOD security risks
While the study's results pose a threat to IT professionals, there is hope for improvement if employees are educated and the right solutions are implemented into BYOD policies. The importance of educating the new generation of workers on security and endpoint risks will be essential. Fortinet found that nearly 52 percent of respondents were uneducated in regard to security risks such as advanced persistent threats, Botnets and distributed denial-of-service attacks; and, 14 percent of employees said they would not tell their employer if their device had been compromised.

"The study also found that there is a direct correlation between BYOD usage and threat literacy," noted Paul Cooper with ITProPortal. "Those respondents who more frequently used their own device for work were also those with the widest knowledge of potential threats."

Between educating the new workforce on these security threats, and utilizing solutions offered by managed service providers such as mobile device management to help offload responsibilities of IT, BYOD risks can be kept at bay.