Shadow IT —the use of hardware, software, and cloud services without approval from the IT department—is growing rapidly. The global shift to remote work and the accelerated digital transformation led to the rapid adoption of new apps to maintain productivity and collaboration, often introducing new risks and security concerns.
In response, IT teams updated security policies to account for work-from-home activities, restricting access to certain websites and applications, or disapproving of certain devices. But this often results in IT feeling like the “bad guys” for imposing restrictions on employees, and employees attempting to bypass these policies, perceived as roadblocks.
Read more: What is Shadow IT?
This, coupled by the proliferation of online, easy-to-sign-up-for tools, has created the perfect storm for Shadow IT, which has grown from a minor annoyance into a major threat to business operations.
As more unsanctioned apps continue to enter the network, the attack surface expands. To thrive in this environment, you need to be aware of these key Shadow IT stats.
Today’s workforce is mostly remote, which drives an increase in the use of collaboration apps and cloud services. Evidence suggests the more people work from home, the more comfortable they get with using unapproved technology to get their job done.
Rather than restricting them, IT and security leaders need to empower users with simplified cloud adoption processes and rely on network monitoring tools to reduce risk.
Your team can’t protect what they can’t see, which is why the solution to Shadow IT starts with increasing visibility. As the attack surface continues to expand, continuous visibility into all the assets that could compromise your ever-growing digital ecosystem is the only way to identify and control hidden risks lurking in the shadows.
This, combined with network monitoring tools and security mechanisms, will eliminate the need to turn to Shadow IT.
Read more: How to Build a Shadow IT Policy
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