Shadow IT is a big problem in today’s business, but not a lot of people know about it. As powerful as technology can be if it is left unmonitored, it can run into problems. Shadow IT is unmonitored technology because it is brought onto a network without an IT administrator’s knowledge. Today, we talk a little bit about fighting shadow IT and how to get your staff on board.
For a lot of companies, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced their hand to implement new strategies in order to keep operations up and running smoothly. Many of these organizations, who are actively depending on remote workers, are kind of making it up as they go.
This IT administration no-man’s land has led to more problems as companies aren’t able to actively monitor the software and hardware that is being used by their employees. Any unapproved software could potentially become a problem simply because network administrators don’t know it is there. As a result, they don’t know if the software that employees are using is patched or updated properly. Worse yet, most of this software is being used because employees are trying to do their best work.
Today, with a company’s workforce relegated to their home PCs, endpoint management has become much more important, but some businesses are still managing their computing networks the same way they would if they were in the office. Endpoint management allows IT administrators to manage a company’s shared resources more effectively by allowing for the following remote tasks.
To take advantage of the endpoint management solutions, there are a few steps the business needs to take. They include:
While you do this, you need to encourage communication. Knowing what to expect and how to go about managing everything will help your IT staff secure your network and infrastructure.
If you have concerns that your remote employees could present risk to your business’ central computing resources or if you need help with any other IT issue, call the experts at Out of the Box Solutions at 800-750-4OBS (4627).