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How Risky Behaviors Hurt Shadow IT Security

  • How Risky Behaviors Hurt Shadow IT Security-

    BYOD and Mobile Mean Lots of Shadow IT

    Mobile is another popular example of shadow IT, the Tenable Network Security team explains. In the organization's 2016 BYOD and Mobile Security Survey, 72 percent of respondents had reached the stage where BYOD was available to all or some employees. However, the team adds, not every organization has the tools and processes in place to know what mobile devices are connecting to the corporate network, and whether those devices have vulnerabilities or malware that can infect the network.

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How Risky Behaviors Hurt Shadow IT Security

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    BYOD and Mobile Mean Lots of Shadow IT

    Mobile is another popular example of shadow IT, the Tenable Network Security team explains. In the organization's 2016 BYOD and Mobile Security Survey, 72 percent of respondents had reached the stage where BYOD was available to all or some employees. However, the team adds, not every organization has the tools and processes in place to know what mobile devices are connecting to the corporate network, and whether those devices have vulnerabilities or malware that can infect the network.

Shadow IT is the use of assets that don't fall under the management of the IT department, and, says Phil Richards, CSO of LANDESK, it can be a huge security problem, especially for those companies that don't have a strong IT department to monitor application and device use, or when policies are too restrictive to allow employees to do their work efficiently. "The existence and growth of shadow IT is usually a sign that the central IT organization is not meeting the needs of the business," says Richards. This means too many employees are going rogue to do their work.

This is putting both the network and its data at risk. For example, Symantec's Shadow Data Report analyzed the business readiness of over 15,000 cloud apps and services based on more than 60 security criteria. The result was that only 1 percent of these apps were found secure enough for business use. Many apps and services are already a security risk, but when they are used as shadow IT, the potential threats go unchecked.