What is Shadow IT?

Shadow IT, also known as rogue IT, is the deployment and use of information technology systems, devices, software, hardware, services, and applications without the knowledge or approval of IT department. In the last few years Shadow IT has grown exponentially with the increased adoption of cloud-based technology and services, Shadow IT assets. The primary reason for this growth is employees want to increase their productivity and efficiency. To meet this demand, the cloud technology landscape is growing rapidly across departments such as marketing, sales, customer service, and more. Right from file sharing, collaboration to communication, you can easily access apps like Dropbox, SharePoint, Slack and more, merely at the click of a button.

What are the challenges with Shadow IT? 

Traditionally, Shadow IT is seen risky as it does not have the same level of security as the traditional IT. This happens because most of the times the IT is not aware of the very existence of Shadow IT assets in the first place. That said, it will not be right to say all Shadow IT is inherently bad. The underlying issue here is - while the IT is not in control of the physical infrastructure of such assets, they are still liable for the security and compliance issues caused by them.

Shadow IT in Netenrich

Netenrich Attack Surface Intelligence performs continuous discovery, giving you visibility into digital risk caused by Shadow IT as it appears. Starting from IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, cloud applications, and services, you can bring all the Shadow IT assets to the light and identify those with potential risk.

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