Shining a light on Shadow IT
IT Cloak and Dagger
With the advent of cloud computing, all it takes is the swipe of a credit card to instantly get more storage capacity. Likewise, some users may just opt to purchase their own physical storage and keep it under a desk (and keep IT in the dark about its existence). This “Shadow IT” can be especially prevalent in smaller companies where employees are accustomed to finding their own solutions for the things they need. But that doesn’t make the practice any less of a problem as it reduces productivity and increases the risk of data loss.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly Newsletter.