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The Cybersecurity Risks of 'Shadow IT'

Don't let your staff expose your organization to these risks

There are lots of cool tools out there that might make your life a little bit easier—even if they make your IT department’s life a little bit harder.

If you use some piece of technology without permission, that’s “shadow IT,” and it could create potential security or compliance issues down the road by putting data in places where it shouldn’t go. It could also keep that information out of the purview of the primary network.

To be clear, shadow IT is nothing new: A 2016 Cisco study found that 80 percent of employees used software that wasn’t cleared by the IT department, and just 8 percent of enterprises knew the real scope of shadow IT within their organization.

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