Simple Observation May Be the Best Means of Controlling the Democratization of Data

B. Shimmin
B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • IT leaders have begun to realize it’s impossible to completely lock down the use of external, unmanaged cloud services.
  • My hope is that as vendors seek to control the use of external data sources, they bear in mind that the means of gaining control may be compromise itself.

Shadow IT just got real. Or, at least, it’s well on its way to legitimacy now that IT leaders have begun to realize it’s impossible to completely lock down the use of external, unmanaged cloud services like file sharing and synchronization. Already vendors are seeking to capitalize upon the opportunity inherent within that realization. Consider Cisco’s recently introduced Cisco Cloud Consumption Service, which quite literally discovers and continuously monitors unmanaged cloud services. The idea is that by closely watching the use of such services, an organization can at a minimum identify security vulnerabilities and better manage (read: control) costs. Continue reading “Simple Observation May Be the Best Means of Controlling the Democratization of Data”