A lot is being asked of IT these days, none more so than of those sat in the CISO's seat; given GDPR, ISO27001 and other compliance-centric frameworks, how you secure your data has never been so important. Too many companies, from start-up’s to enterprises will continue to throw time, people and money at the latest security application that promises to protect their data, without a second thought into Shadow IT, what effect it has if uncontrolled and what it could mean for the wider business. These discussions are simply not taking place anywhere near enough at board meetings, 'huddles' or that long overdue chat over a coffee. Certainly, in my experience and from those I've spoken to within the security arena. In many circles Shadow IT remains little-understood or a thing of myths.
Shadow IT, also known as Stealth IT or Client IT, are Information technology (IT) systems built and used within organizations without explicit organizational approval, for example, systems specified and deployed by departments other than the IT department.
Given its very nature, Shadow IT poses an inexplicable risk to business' - the fact that these systems are built outside of the IT departments control or even knowledge (often paid for on a credit card), means that they simply can't protect the data, because they don't know it exists! Unfortunately for them, and the wider organisation however, this does not absolve them of their responsibility for that data. Internal business units all too often see their own little R&D project signing up for a public cloud service and storing data on it as a forward-thinking initiative; be it to move their application forward, to overcome a restriction of the companies IT policy or to get a better end-user experience, what they don't consider is the possible consequence of these actions.
- One possible consequence is that servers or workstations (within these shadow environments) are left running, often with auto-scaling for optimal performance. The public cloud providers unfortunately don't give away resources such as CPU, memory or disk for free, so whilst they continue to run, the meter keeps running! If left unchecked a rather large and unexpected bill can soon appear in your inbox.
- The other, more worrying possibility is that these systems go unprotected. As the IT department don't know they exist, so cannot include them in their protection policies and cannot protect them behind whatever variation of hardware / software they have invested in. This leaves the systems, and more crucially the data vulnerable to theft and mis-use often having its own financial penalty, which can be almost limitless!
Now what if I were to say there was a solution to Shadow IT, that didn't require massive upfront investment, could discover your infrastructure in a rapid, agentless process, but allow you to deliver the same services in a controlled and protected environment, because now you know it exists! You can keep your existing security infrastructure and now use it to secure those assets previously un-seen and unprotected.
Not only can Illapa show you this, but we can work with you to manage your public and private cloud platforms from a single pane of glass, both your existing instances, and future ones! All automatically discovered on provision and with the ability to inject further automation; agent installation, threshold controls and an integrated approval mechanism to stop new servers etc being provisioned with no acceptance or knowledge from those with authority and ownership.
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