Continuity Central – Shadow IT is a cultural problem and shutting it down is now impossible warns SecureEnvoy

Shadow IT – where IT is built and used inside businesses without explicit organizational approval – is becoming increasingly widespread. In fact, Gartner claims that Shadow IT regularly surpasses 30 percent of a company’s IT spend and is the top concern for CIOs in 2016 due to its ability to lead to compliance failures and business risks.

The security issue is unfortunately not only a critical one but a cultural one. When an employee casually uses an application such as Dropbox to transfer files there is likely to be little thought about the risk of potentially sensitive data – whether that is customer contact details, financial information or intellectual property – falling into the wrong hands.

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