Shadow IT

Do You Know What's On Your Network?

Knowing what IT assets your organization has goes far beyond the physical network.  From rogue applications installed by users, to personal removable media and devices that are not supported by IT, there are dozens of ways that your critical business data can be put into jeopardy by technologies that your IT and security teams have never evaluated and approved – and they're inside your corporate firewall, right now. The proliferation of these unknown assets – called "shadow" IT for their stealthy nature – can introduce a wide range of threats into your organization, throw your enterprise out of compliance with regulations and standards, and result in a loss of control, reliability and most of all, security.  Organizations need to battle the problem of shadow IT, but historically, this has been a problem.  IT operations management tools are heavy, requiring complex agent deployment that only supports limited assets.  Security assessment tools look for vulnerabilities, but aren't very effective at capturing inventory or configuration details of systems.  And compliance tools are great at telling you whether your systems are configured correctly to meet policies, but they don't tell you about rogue software and peripherals that are attached to your systems. From a security risk perspective, a well-intended new addition to an end users laptop could signify significant change in the overall risk profile of the organization simply by it not being known. While this new addition could be helping your marketing department get their job, it could be helping the hackers get their job done easier because your security team does not know about it. Since there is no knowledge by IT, there is no one ensuring it is properly patched (see endpoint vulnerability detection). So a seemingly innocent addition of file sharing or flash driven application while well-intended by your end user increases the exposure to threats by increasing the attack surface for which they could leverage but not knowing about it could result in catastrophe.

How Can Promisec Help?

Promisec can provide you the level of visibility and control of what's running on your endpoints. Along with our patented approach to gain visibility remotely we have our own blacklisting technology that is backed thru continuous research of the latest apps that are plaguing IT organizations.

Promisec Blacklisting Technology

As new apps begin to proliferate, our blacklisting technology allows you complete control to tailor what is allowed to run and create exclusion lists.

Application Whitelisting Software

Furthermore, Promisec provides whitelisting technology that can allow you to discretely identify what is allowed to run and where it can run along with what should be running enabling you to customize your env controls to align to your company business goals.When a known blacklisted application is identified or a violation of a defined whitelist is discovered, Promisec can immediately rectify the situation and remove this application from the endpoint, alert your SIEM, and/or simply flag it for further follow up.

Promisec Endpoint manager can help with Shadow IT. Contact us today to hear more or access a free trial.

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