Microsoft's Shadow IT-Busting Cloud App Security Product Launches
The Adallom-powered technology is aimed at helping businesses discover unauthorized usage of SaaS applications and cloud services.Cloud computing's ascent in recent years has provided CIOs and IT managers with yet another security headache to contend with: shadow IT. Microsoft's new Cloud App Security, officially released today, helps take the mystery out of this vexing problem. Shadow IT generally refers to the unsanctioned use of public software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud services by an organization's users. Lacking visibility into these apps and control over their usage, enterprises are at risk of data leakage, intentional or otherwise. Last year, the Logicalis Global CIO survey revealed that 90 percent of CIOs worldwide have had their IT purchasing decisions bypassed by their line-of-business colleagues. A recent analysis by Cisco found that CIOs and IT managers vastly underestimate the amount of shadow IT consumed by their workforces. The average large enterprise uses more than 1,200 public cloud services, roughly 25 times more than the typical IT department's conservative calculations. Microsoft's own data, also released today, shows that 80 percent of employees in corporate settings use unapproved SaaS apps for work. In addition, each employee uses 17 cloud apps on average, posing a challenge for IT administrators in terms of data security, privacy and compliance.
Further, Microsoft found that 70 percent of enterprise organizations allow cloud administration tasks to be performed from noncorporate networks with lax security. Ninety-one percent of organizations also permit their users to access their cloud storage with personal accounts.