As employees embrace new tools for productivity and software development, shadow IT—technologies and applications deployed without IT oversight—has accelerated its sprawl across the corporate network.
Shadow IT is a problem because it introduces shadow risk. Examples include unmanaged and often vulnerable assets outside IT inventories, applications protected by weak and default credentials, misconfigured storage exposing confidential data, and services mistakenly exposed to the internet.
Shadow risk is dangerous because it presents unexpected change and unknown risks. In most cases, it lies outside the scope of common security tools, such as vulnerability management (VM), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and security information and event management (SIEM).
In this guide, you’ll learn how you can manage shadow risk by regaining control of your attack surface.