In this episode of the My TechDecisions Podcast, Nigel Hawthorn, the EMEA marketing director for McAfee, joins the podcast to talk about shadow IT, how it’s getting worse due to remote work and what IT departments can do stay in tune with employees and cut down on unapproved technology.
According to Hawthorn, shadow IT is essentially any technology that has been brought in by individual users or groups and departments that hasn’t been checked and approved by the organization’s IT department. This can be a dangerous practice because if IT doesn’t have visibility into these new unsanctioned systems, the door is left open to the possibility of a cyber attack. To protect the organization from compromise, IT professionals need to vet and secure every piece of technology used on the company’s networks.
Due to the rapid shift to remote work, which is now turning into a hybrid work environment that prioritizes flexibility and encourages employees to work wherever they want – including the office, there are new demands for technology that will help facilitate these transformational changes to the way we work.
To cut down on shadow IT, Hawthorn advocates for a more collaborative approach when talking with end users about the technology they want to use.
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Listen to My TechDecisions Podcast Episode 116: Combatting Shadow IT
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