Shadow IT Is A Top Concern Related To SaaS Adoption

May 9, 2022
3 min read
Torii released a survey that found that 69% of tech leaders believe shadow IT is a major worry when it comes to SaaS (cloud utility) adoption.

The vast majority of respondents have deviated from their SaaS security measures, with 80 percent doing so due to functionalities that were implemented outside of IT's purview. Sixty percent of respondents are studying or planning to employ SaaS management tools to combat these and other SaaS sprawl concerns.

"The new reality of distributed and remote work has propelled shadow IT to new heights, allowing employees to install and manage their cloud services. While this has allowed firms to grow more swiftly, it has also led to a rise in security vulnerabilities, as well as the full breakdown of old tools and strategies for managing them. They weren't designed for SaaS or the rise of shadow IT, and they'll struggle to stay up, "Torii's CEO, Uri Haramati, stated. The use of SaaS needs a whole different strategy. Companies are recognizing this and taking more practical actions to manage their SaaS stack and mitigate risks."

The Pandemic Has Sped Up The Adoption of SaaS

According to 54 % of respondents, their company's management perceives know-how differently now than before the COVID-19 outbreak. Respondents said the pandemic increased SaaS instrument adoption (53 percent)—and hence safety risk (32 percent)—and prompted a greater focus on security within their enterprises (26 percent ).

The Visibility of SaaS Apps and The Risks They Pose Are Serious Concerns

Shadow IT (69%), offboarding personnel from functions (59%), and faraway staff exposing information are the major security concerns among tech leaders (56% ).

Shadow IT refers to IT and security functions that are part of an organization's tech stack but aren't acknowledged or sanctioned by IT or security departments. As a result, they will put firms in grave peril. And, with many employees now accustomed to purchasing cloud software on their own, shadow IT isn't going away very soon, if at all, as evidenced by:

  • According to 52% of survey respondents, specific employees are purchasing apps without IT's knowledge.
  • 36% think the same thing is happening with line of business (LOB) managers.

If IT and security groups don't have access to shadow IT functions, they won't be able to protect the data moving through them. When people leave an organization, this becomes increasingly obvious when former employees aren't offboarded from shadow IT apps—and, in many cases, even sanctioned apps. This means that they will continue to enter sensitive company information.

Integrations, on the other hand, should not be overlooked. Unauthorized apps frequently connect to other instruments that contain sensitive information about a company – and vice versa – putting this information at risk.

Safety Protocols are Becoming Obsolete

The observance of safety standards has deteriorated. According to the study, 55% of companies have created exceptions to their policies for SaaS operations. What exactly is the rationale behind it?  It's because the functions were embraced outside of IT's scope, according to 80% of respondents.

The Administration of Establishment Entry And Signal Sign-On is Inadequate

To reduce public awareness about security issues, 90% of study respondents employ Identity Access Management (IAM) or single sign-on (SSO). IAM and SSO instruments, on the other hand, are aimed at certain functions. They don't know about or have sight into shadow IT. This could explain why companies are still grappling with ID and access issues.

Plans For SaaS Administration are in The Works

SaaS functions will continue to dominate organizations' tech stacks. Within the next two years, 94% of respondents expect their company's number of SaaS apps to grow.

To detect shadow IT and better manage their growing SaaS stack and the risks that come with it, technology executives believe they'll:

  • Improve your processes (69%)
  • Consider or implement SaaS administration tools (64%). This is in addition to the 16% who claim they already utilize these instruments.
  • Increase the number of IT employees (50%)

Conclusion

Modern workplaces are emerging, and many organizations see remote and hybrid models as the way of the future. The cloud makes that change possible, but you have to address the implications. As SaaS Services continue to grow your innovation, your shady IT vulnerabilities will continue to challenge your security.
SaaS management enables you to gain control over hidden and unauthorized SaaS applications so you can reduce your data and security risks by increasing compliance. It also helps you manage costs, improve usage, and automate processes to improve overall performance.