In recent years, the evolution and growth of the cloud has created an increasing problem around Shadow IT.
Shadow IT is a term used to refer to IT solutions employed within an organization without the explicit knowledge and expertise of an IT department. Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of users circumventing enterprise policy and security by storing confidential data on relatively non-secure cloud based file-sharing products.
In a recent report produced by Gartner in July 2015, Shadow IT was identified as a growing threat to businesses. Companies risk regulatory sanctions when there is a loss of intellectual property or financial loss as a result of a failure to track unapproved cloud file-sharing services (Shadow IT).“Through 2017, 90% of enterprises will fail to prevent the use of unauthorized cloud file-sharing services (shadow IT), leading to potential data breaches, intellectual property loss and financial losses.” – Gartner
Develop data security policies for access to approved services in cooperation with business stakeholders to address data residency and compliance issues.
Use encryption to protect intellectual property or to address compliance and data residency issues.
Implement enterprise level access controls for all cloud file-sharing services.”
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