We’ve all heard stories of monsters that lurk in the shadows waiting to attack.
But have you ever heard of shadow IT?
It’s a term used for anything unapproved in your IT systems.
And the difference is, these monsters will cause havoc on your P&L.
What am I talking about?
Basically, it’s where employees bypass IT limitations and access tech solutions without you even knowing.
The dangerous part is…
It can lead to a loss of control and visibility over your business’s technology.
And that means opening the doors to cyber criminals who will gladly steal your proprietary data and sell it to a competitor…
Or hold it at ransom until you pay up hefty fees to release it.
So while you assume productivity apps like Trello, Slack, or Asana…
Or using cloud storage like Dropbox or Google drive is safe and secure…
The reality is if you don’t take control and implement the right level of compliance…
You’ve only got yourself to blame when the inevitable security breach occurs.
And these examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to shadow IT.
It’s extremely likely you have more “IT monsters” hiding in the shadows waiting to attack your business.
And it’s become a major problem.
Business owners simply don’t have the time and resources to manage these things effectively.
You’ve got to constantly vet your vendors, update and reinforce your compliance policy, limit and manage access, list and monitor your inventory, remove unapproved IT, deploy patches…
The list goes on and on.
I discuss this in my new upcoming eBook in the works.
And it’s a 24/7, 365 days a year activity that never lets up.
But it doesn’t have to be this way…
An SMB can have their own team of IT monster slayers without hiring a budget bleeding in-house team of IT staff.
Small businesses should take control of their IT security policy and ITSM processes, let experts help them take care of all your IT needs.From advising on policy and processes to brokering the right MSP to provide the unique technical solutions a the business requires.
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