What is Shadow IT & how it’s a concern for CIOs & cloud vendors?

Shadow IT is defined as developing internal IT systems without legal authorisation. It’s a double-edged sword and rather a growing concern for cyber security services cloud vendors and CIOs for the last few years. It broke all the boundaries in 2015, climbing on top of the list for emerging IT threats as more or less 83 percent CIOs reported unauthorised and suspicious cloud service deliveries.

The root cause is immense growth of mobile devices at workplaces, irregular and unregulated data transfer through employees’ own personal cloud applications. It also makes organisations vulnerable when controlling corporate data flow is concerned. All these factors lead to unruly management of shadow IT for all in the technology industry.

There’ve been some major releases in 2015 while the year’s also marked the growing importance of cyber security services. Business analysts and tech security experts consider it as a perfect security solution offering safe browsing for new and existing business applications.

To prepare organisations against the shadow IT, platform provides all the necessary features to monitor, analyse and exploit cloud-oriented applications at their best, whether it’s for home or workplace.

Experts also proposed that sufficient knowledge about the technology and practical implications can minimise cyber security threats. Let’s have a look at how to counter the growing threats and concerns from the dark side of IT.

Innovative approach

More and more industries are moving to the cloud platform allowing employees and employers to access corporate data remotely and 24/7. It’s a major change for IT infrastructure in post-modern business world that ask for flexible workplaces. As a result, companies in the US and around the world hire remote workforce and implement BYOD policies based on modern security systems and ultimate level of protection.

While anticipating the demand for secure mobile staff solutions, various cloud service providers recently released data access and transfer management platforms. Besides the Cloud Security Enforcer, the launch of Cloud Discovery Enterprise Edition by CipherCloud back in April 2015 is worth noting. It was meant for large organisations with expended operations to enforce their cyber security services.

An associated survey to the CipherCloud back then revealed that more or less 86 percent of cloud applications at the workplace are illegal which is something we mentioned in the introduction; the growing concern!

Apparently, it’s a lucrative market that security vendors serve through the shadow IT solutions. Still, the ways issues are managed and certain responsibilities are organisation’s own to handle and even the most advance form of security may fail here as long as things aren’t managed properly.

Address the issue directly

Now that we’ve defined shadow IT with a few existing examples, it’s highly difficult to control because of diverse platforms and services potentially involved with creation of a wholly new infrastructure.

The greatest issue is of employees using similar services for both corporate and personal files. A few analysts advised that this dark side of IT must be embraced as a natural evolutionary phase. Hank Marquis; a Gartner analyst at an event said:

Shadow IT in the right area, at the right time and for the right reason can create value for organisations”.

He further added;

“The only drawback or dark side is you’ll be blamed for all the bad decisions the shadow IT people make”.

Popular applications such as Facebook, Dropbox and similar others are restricted in most corporations; especially the high-end types however alternated can always be introduced.

Organisations can mitigate long-term risks associated to reckless and unrestricted use of communication, storage and file-sharing applications.

Even with the cloud network, there has to be a higher level of cyber security services and modern tactics to counter the growing concerns of the shadow IT while providing a plausible solution.


The ever changing landscape of corporate communication is increasingly linked to the plethora of mobile devices. The latest solutions developed promises a solution for the post-mobile world thus represents an interesting new IT challenged to deal with.

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