The return of Shadow IT – and the need to remain vigilant

The return of Shadow IT – and the need to remain vigilant

Over the years, shadow IT has been a bit like a fashion trend – from captivating the attention of security-conscious organizations around the world to being accepted as a part of doing business. However, with the shift toward remote working, cybersecurity generally has become a top concern for most businesses and among that, we’ve seen a resurgence of shadow IT.

This trend seems to be a response to the larger fundamental shift we’ve seen over the past several years: with IT teams moving out of the role of technology gatekeeper and instead into the role of advisor. As business units continue to drive budget and spend decisions for their required technologies, organizations must grapple with a two-sided reality: one where shadow IT is an indication of purchasing power changes for the foreseeable future and one where it is a serious security challenge that needs to be solved for.


Determining how to manage shadow IT in today’s era of remote or hybrid work environments – and during a continued evolution of the IT and security teams – requires a few considerations.


What about your data?


CIOs along with IT and security teams recognize over the years of combating shadow IT that regaining complete control may never be attainable. New technology procurement stakeholders in business units or individuals have changed how IT and security teams are able to respond to shadow IT. Methods like outright blocking the download and/or installation of specific applications can be challenging with the number of new applications available for businesses today. It’s inevitable that plenty of new applications will fall through the cracks – along with details on their cost, subscription terms and conditions, bandwidth requirements and even potential vulnerabilities. Despite all the mountain of potential blind ..