You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know shadow IT is a problem. Not only does it cause potential security risks, but it also keeps the organization from using its cloud computing system to its full advantage. If you think your company is the only one with this problem, don’t worry. Beth Pariseau reports NASA also struggles with shadow IT. A July audit report revealed systems had been moved to the public cloud without security clearance or authorization from the CIO, proving even high profile government agencies struggle with cloud computing.
The good news is there are ways to monitor shadow IT. Tools can be purchased to help control cloud computing deployments. However, a good first step is just being aware that deployments are happening and strengthening the leadership’s response to this. In the end, it’s communication with employees that’s important. Make sure staff are educated about security policies. If shadow IT is happening, find out why staff felt it necessary to work outside the cloud. Together you can make your workplace more secure and efficient. No rocket science required.