4 Strategies for Overcoming Shadow IT

Research from Gartner shows that nearly 40 percent of all money spent on technology purchases comes from outside of the IT department. Those purchases are known as shadow IT. Most organizations can relate to the problem of shadow IT. Not only does it open the door to security issues, but it can cause conflicts with business critical applications. In addition to these problems, dealing with the issues of shadow IT pulls the IT staff away from projects meant to meet business goals.

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What is a network security assessment?

Over the years, businesses’ mission-critical technology has expanded at a rapid pace. A network no longer consists of only servers, client computers, and basic networking equipment. Cloud computing has been introduced to host “X as a Service” solutions and applications that rely on big data, allow mobile and remote endpoints, network shares, and multiple communication applications, just to name a few. Even the solutions meant to secure the network and endpoints have grown complex to the point where a misconfigured security solution could leave an organization vulnerable.

This is why many organizations turn to outside partners to conduct a network security assessment. Having one performed by a trusted partner lets you know not only where your organization's security posture currently stands, but also what you can do to better protect yourself from the current threat landscape.

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Two Factor Authentication – Buy, Borrow or Loot

Two Factor Authentication (2FA) or Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is the most common preventative measure that companies and organizations implement as an additional layer of security to the standard username and password login credentials on a website or application. Taking a half-step back, 2FA/MFA can be described as something you know and something you have. 2FA/MFA is currently used on almost every application, from banking websites to SaaS services to video games

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