IT pros lurk in depths of Shadow IT

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Lurking in the darkness of your worst Shadow IT fears may be your own IT pros.

That is the finding of new research from Frost & Sullivan Stratecast group, which recently looked at unauthorized SaaS applications within typical organizations.

The study was sponsored by McAfee, and polled IT executives and professionals on their experiences with "Shadow IT" applications--those that are not authorized by IT, but which ultimately become a concern for IT.

More than 80 percent of survey respondents confirmed that they use non-approved SaaS applications as part of their day-to-day job duties, according to a report at Network Computing. Further, only 17 percent of IT pros surveyed said they behave when it comes to not implementing unauthorized apps or technology products.

"Shadow IT--that is, using SaaS applications that have not received the blessing of the IT department or were not obtained in ways that are strictly above board when it comes to IT procedures and policies--is everywhere, whether CIOs want to admit it or not," the article notes. "The study revealed that IT professionals themselves are by far the worst offenders when it comes to using unauthorized services. What's more surprising is that IT holds itself above its own practices."

Fueling the trend have been cloud computing, SaaS and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices, notes Information-Age in an article last week. The BYOD movement is especially concerning, the article notes, due to the security risks it introduces to the organization.

"The shift has not only raised security concerns in terms of workers taking confidential material out of the workplace, but also because of the possibility of introducing viruses and similar threats through unsecure devices," the article says.

For more:
- read the Network Computing article
- read the Information-Age article

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