The Realities of Shadow IT

June 19, 2014
John Freimuth

Every business wants to maximise profits and efficiency. Naturally, employees sometimes feel that the best way to do that is to bypass the IT department and use their own software or services.

Shadow IT refers to technology not supported by a company's central IT department, and as personal devices become more sophisticated and as more employees turn to the cloud for new systems, shadow IT becomes easier to implement.

Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with shadow IT. Many view it as an inescapable reality of any company that uses technology and data storage. In fact, IT departments are often aware of shadow IT within the company and make use of it themselves.

However, the reality is that shadow IT introduces security risks because it is not introduced to the same security measures as company-sanctioned technology. Cloud-based file sharing services are common forms of shadow IT, and many workers are unaware that such IT can be dangerous.

In this day and age, it would be so easy to use a simple service like DropBox to store corporate data. But something like this could result in a major security breach.

The advantages of Telx's Cloud Services powered by Peak are that your data always remains secure and nimble. Telx builds a secure network between the cloud, your carrier, and all Peak cloud nodes with a 100% SLA guarantee to keep out “noisy neighbors.” Plus, in the ever-changing business environment where new technologies are constantly affecting your business, Telx's connectivity services always provide you with whatever you need in the way of technology and security to help you focus on your core business.

With a Hybrid model, Telx's Cloud Services powered by GTT Technology Services Group can provide management and access to both enterprise private cloud and connected Shadow IT platforms. For example organizations can continue to allow business units to leverage AWS public cloud based environments where speed-to-market and flexibility is critical. Corporate IT can then provide business units with similar levels of flexibility to deploy applications that contain customer sensitive date in a highly secure private cloud environment. System performance can be fully optimized through the Telx's Direct Connectivity with AWS

Regardless of how you store your data, having an honest assessment of your company's shadow IT usage could go a long way towards increasing productivity and protecting your data.

If you’d like to learn more about Telx’s security measures, we’d love to talk with you. You can connect with us through the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter.

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