Symantec chief executive Enrique Salem warned security professionals that the incoming generation of employees will have a dramatic effect on how firms view data access and security.
Speaking at the 2012 RSA conference, the Symantec boss said that those from the "millennial" generation who have grown up with prevalent internet access and social networking platforms will bring a different set of skills and expectations to the job.
Salem noted that many younger employees will look for greater freedom with their online activities and access to social networking and messaging platforms as well as access and support for mobile devices.
While those programs open new avenues for communications and marketing, they also increase the risk of malware infection and data loss.
While the first instinct of administrators may be to cut off access to social networks and other web applications, Salem warned that doing so could also harm business.
"It slows down creativity and problem solving, this notion closes off lots of great resources," Salem explained.
"Our current security model on its own will not get the job done."
Salem instead said that administrators and security vendors should seek to develop systems that bring web applications into the security and management fold.
He talked up technologies such as APIs and web gateways which can extend the reach of conventional IT security systems to additional applications and device.
Eventually, the Symantec boss sees this transition playing a central role in managing and securing IT in the coming generations.
"It is important for us to understand that this way of working will not be a subset," he said, "this is how business will be done in the future."
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