If your Shadow IT could talk, it would have a lot to say.
Every day, millions of internet connected assets such as databases, RDPs, legacy servers, landing pages, expired certificates, AWS buckets and many other assets are being left exposed to the internet, unprotected, for anyone to find. The problem of Shadow IT is not a new one but it is increasing over time.
The results? Look no further than the daily news headlines to get an understanding of the risks and implications. Various reports indicate that almost 40% of security incidents including data leaks, breaches, ransomware attacks are initiated from or involve Shadow IT assets.
This is a staggering number which clearly demonstrates that organizations are struggling to control their assets. It also shows that attackers are much more successful in finding these assets than the organizations that actually own them.
Examples of Shadow IT assets we find online:
- Exposed RDPs
- Exposed databases
- Misconfigured development tools
- Unsecured staging environments
- Misconfigured AWS buckets
- IoT and OT devices
- Abandoned sub-domains
Here is a snapshot of some of our daily findings:
When it comes to Shadow IT, security is perhaps the biggest concern, but it’s far from being the only one. Shadow IT has significant financial and operational implications for your organization.
What can you do about it?
The existence of shadow IT is inevitable but its implications don’t have to be so dire.
There is a lot to be done in order to prevent shadow IT. Unfortunately, no matter how many agents you install, policies you put in place or how much awareness training you’ll run, if someone wants to use an unsanctioned asset, they will be able to do so. Therefore, you must be ready at all times to discover these new unknown exposures as they happen so you can quickly understand the risk and remediate it before any real damage is caused.
How can Reposify help?
Reposify’s Attack Surface Management platform shines a light on your shadow IT. It automatically discovers all your internet exposed assets, no matter where they are located, with no need for any installation or setup.
Once discovered, the system will send you real-time notifications alerting you as to new exposures. Leveraging one of our many integrations, your team will be able to streamline the remediation process by sending the details directly to the system or team member of choice ensuring efficient triage of critical exposures and vulnerabilities.
See what Reposify can do for you – sign up for a personalized demo and get a first-hand view of your attack surface within our platform.