Shadow IT - Minimizing the risks
The trend toward decentralized ownership of enterprise IT assets
Shadow IT is here to stay. In fact, with the trend toward decentralized ownership of enterprise IT assets, there is a growing call to make peace, bring shadow IT in from the cold, and manage the shadow assets.
If this thought sends shivers down your spine, you’re not alone. IT professionals with responsibilities for the availability and security of enterprise assets have plenty of reasons to worry when faced with individual business units procuring and deploying their own solutions. That’s why IT departments have worked for decades to try to get department heads to see the wisdom of toeing the line and obtaining solutions through the approved pipeline.
The potential risks of shadow IT are real and non-trivial. They include:
- Security Breaches
- Data loss
- Compliance and privacy issues
- Duplication of services and other cost inefficiencies
- Lack of alignment with IT services and support
The good news is that Crosscode Panoptics, with its automated discovery, analytics, and governance capabilities, can give you the confidence you need to embrace and support shadow IT while meeting your obligations to provide the enterprise with security and reliability.
With Crosscode you can conduct a complete audit of all the application and database assets deployed on your infrastructure. Crosscode’s automated discovery features eliminate the manual effort of mapping the applications, saving months of work and providing a more complete inventory than would otherwise be possible. Our proprietary analytics go deep within your code to automatically discover the dependencies and relationships that other tools miss, even dormant applications that aren’t currently running. Crosscode also executes a proprietary security analysis of bytecode in your runtime environment that reveals vulnerabilities buried in your applications.
identify your shadow IT assets
Once you’ve identified the shadow IT assets, Crosscode’s governance and security features give you real-time visibility and control over your application environment. Using the Governance Operating System (GOeS), you create custom rules to govern changes at the most detailed level and receive alerts on the platform of your choice whenever a change doesn’t comply with one of your rules. You can monitor changes to database schema for potential vulnerabilities, scan third party and open source components for known security issues, set alerts on security red flags and head-off risky system changes – all automatically.
If your organization has decided the time has come to stop fighting and start supporting shadow IT, Crosscode can help you drive down the risks so you can relax and help your business users enjoy the benefits. Contact us today and let us show you how Crosscode can discover all your application and database assets, reveal their dependencies and security vulnerabilities, and bring them under your umbrella where you can govern and audit them.