Shadow IT Causing Most Cloud Security Problems for IT Managers, Study Says

By Marcos Colon

The report, “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky,” conducted by Intel Security, surveyed 2,000 IT professionals. Respondents indicated that although they trust the effectiveness and security of cloud services, the impact of shadow IT has caused many to slow down their adoption.

More than 60 percent of respondents shared that employees working behind the scenes is causing cloud trouble, while another 49 percent indicated that a lack of cybersecurity skills has also attributed to slowing down cloud adoption. The skills shortage is likely contributing to the increase in Shadow IT activities, according to the report.

“Due to the ease of procurement, almost 40 percent of cloud services are now commissioned without the involvement of IT, and unfortunately, visibility of these Shadow IT services has dropped,” according to an Intel Security release.

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