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Shadow IT, cloud applications downloaded by employees and used without the knowledge of and outside the control and security of the enterprise IT team, now represent the majority of cloud services in use across the business landscape. It’s not easy to lure rogue application users back into the corporate network, but it can be done — and it’s essential to do so. This report examines why shadow IT poses so many dangers to modern business and explains how organizations can neutralize these threats by offering their shadow IT violators the preferable access, preferable transport and vastly preferable speed of private connectivity and SD-WAN — the most persuasive argument to bring rogues flocking back home to safe, secure control.
Howard M. Cohen is a veteran of the IT industry with more than 35 years of experience as a writer, presenter and adviser to all parts of the tech industry. He is featured regularly in many IT industry publications and has served on many vendor advisory panels, including the Apple, Compaq, HP, IBM and NEC Service Advisory Councils, the Ingram Micro Service Network board and as a U.S. Board member of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners. Cohen is a frequent speaker at IT industry events that include Microsoft’s WorldWide Partner Conference, Citrix Synergy/Summit, ConnectWise IT Nation, ChannelPro Forums, Cloud Partners Summit, MicroCorp One-On-One and CompTIA ChannelCon. He also hosts and presents webinars and eSeminars for QuinStreet, UBM and others.