GITNUX REPORT 2024

Alarming Shadow IT statistics reveal security risks and compliance issues

Uncovering the Dark Side of IT: How Shadow IT is Costing Companies Billions and Risks Security

Author: Jannik Lindner

First published: 7/17/2024

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34% of organizations have experienced compliance issues due to Shadow IT.

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62% of organizations struggle with enforcing compliance policies on Shadow IT usage.

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49% of companies lack a formal policy for managing Shadow IT.

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65% of companies are not fully compliant with data protection regulations due to the use of Shadow IT.

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47% of organizations experience Shadow IT-related compliance issues.

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59% of organizations have experienced a security incident due to Shadow IT.

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78% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT creates vulnerabilities in the organization.

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Shadow IT users are responsible for 50% of data leaks in enterprises.

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55% of security breaches are caused by human error, including the use of Shadow IT.

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48% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT poses a significant threat to their organization's security.

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Shadow IT will make up a third of the security attacks a company will face this year.

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68% of companies cite unauthorized access to data as a top concern related to Shadow IT.

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67% of executives believe Shadow IT increases the risk of data breaches.

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52% of organizations reported a security incident due to unauthorized applications.

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29% of organizations have had confidential data exposed due to Shadow IT.

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47% of employees share files with third parties outside the company network, potentially exposing sensitive data.

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61% of IT leaders worry about the security risks posed by unauthorized apps and services.

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63% of employees don't believe their IT department could protect them from cyber threats.

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Over 50% of organizations have experienced a malware attack via Shadow IT.

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55% of organizations have experienced a data breach due to Shadow IT.

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74% of IT executives believe that employees using personal devices for work-related tasks is a significant security risk.

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29% of security incidents involve the use of Shadow IT, making it a top security concern for organizations.

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81% of security incidents occur due to negligent employees using unauthorized applications.

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84% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT poses a threat to network security.

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26% of IT professionals reported that Shadow IT led to a breach of their company's data.

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60% of employees download third-party productivity apps for work purposes.

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Shadow IT accounts for 30-40% of IT spending in large enterprises.

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80% of employees admit to using SaaS applications not approved by IT.

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92% of IT professionals surveyed believe that preventing Shadow IT is a priority.

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Global Shadow IT spending is estimated to exceed $40 billion by 2022.

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25% of employees use Shadow IT to get their work done more efficiently.

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65% of IT leaders believe that Shadow IT hinders their ability to achieve company goals.

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43% of employees use unauthorized devices for work purposes.

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51% of employees use personal smartphones for work-related activities.

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70% of IT professionals admit to using unauthorized cloud services in their workplace.

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23% of employees intentionally bypass security protocols to use Shadow IT.

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41% of organizations have no visibility into the cloud services used by their employees.

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75% of employees use personal email accounts for work-related communications.

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40% of software spending at large enterprises is on Shadow IT.

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Up to 80% of cloud services in use today started without IT approval.

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44% of end users admit to using applications not provided by IT.

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20% of IT budgets are spent on Shadow IT services.

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Shadow IT can result in redundancies with organizations using up to 50 redundant apps simultaneously.

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85% of critical business apps are pushed underground with Shadow IT.

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Only 8% of IT departments practice complete visibility over all cloud services in use.

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75% of IT leaders believe Shadow IT is a major problem within their organizations.

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82% of employees believe they are not provided with the right tools from IT, leading to Shadow IT.

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65% of employees say they use unsanctioned apps because their IT department moves too slowly.

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58% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT is necessary for employee productivity.

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Shadow IT adds an average of 50 apps to a company’s IT environment, leading to potential security risks.

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70% of IT professionals predict an increase in the percentage of shadow devices connected to corporate networks.

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The average large enterprise uses 841 cloud services, with IT aware of less than 10% of them.

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57% of IT departments said they lacked visibility into their organizations' software use.

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74% of organizations allow the use of collaboration tools that have not been formally vetted or managed by IT.

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Shadow IT grows by 20% per year, making it an increasing challenge for IT departments.

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45% of organizations have sensitive data stored in unauthorized cloud services.

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71% of remote employees use personal devices for work, contributing to Shadow IT risks.

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54% of business users choose consumer-grade solutions over corporate-approved tools due to ease of use.

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36% of IT professionals say they don't have adequate tools to manage Shadow IT effectively.

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21% of employees have access to company data via personal devices without IT's knowledge.

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Organizations underestimate their Shadow IT usage by an average of 42%.

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83% of employees use unauthorized communication tools in the workplace.

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38% of organizations experience conflicts between business units and IT over which tools to use.

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84% of IT professionals believe that educating employees about the risks of Shadow IT is crucial.

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28% of employees admit to storing sensitive work files on personal cloud storage solutions.

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80% of security and IT professionals believe the number of unauthorized cloud services used by employees is higher than the official IT estimate.

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Employees use an average of 36 cloud services for work, of which IT is aware of only 27.

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Only 1 in 5 organizations have a comprehensive Shadow IT policy in place.

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70% of business users believe that using unauthorized apps make them more productive.

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43% of IT professionals say that Shadow IT has resulted in poor backup practices within their organization.

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52% of organizations lack the necessary visibility into the cloud services being used by employees.

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37% of IT professionals believe that finance departments are the most likely to use Shadow IT services.

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63% of organizations do not have a formal process for managing Shadow IT.

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35% of employees admit to using unauthorized software because they find the approved tools too complex.

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72% of employees use instant messaging apps for work without IT approval.

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53% of security incidents could be attributed to the use of unauthorized cloud apps.

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60% of employees use personal cloud storage for work purposes, potentially exposing sensitive data.

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Summary

  • 59% of organizations have experienced a security incident due to Shadow IT.
  • Shadow IT accounts for 30-40% of IT spending in large enterprises.
  • 80% of employees admit to using SaaS applications not approved by IT.
  • 92% of IT professionals surveyed believe that preventing Shadow IT is a priority.
  • 34% of organizations have experienced compliance issues due to Shadow IT.
  • Global Shadow IT spending is estimated to exceed $40 billion by 2022.
  • 25% of employees use Shadow IT to get their work done more efficiently.
  • 65% of IT leaders believe that Shadow IT hinders their ability to achieve company goals.
  • 43% of employees use unauthorized devices for work purposes.
  • 51% of employees use personal smartphones for work-related activities.
  • 78% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT creates vulnerabilities in the organization.
  • Shadow IT users are responsible for 50% of data leaks in enterprises.
  • 60% of employees download third-party productivity apps for work purposes.
  • 70% of IT professionals admit to using unauthorized cloud services in their workplace.
  • 23% of employees intentionally bypass security protocols to use Shadow IT.

Ever wondered what lurks in the shadows of your organizations IT infrastructure? Brace yourself for a revealing journey into the realm of Shadow IT, where rogue software, unsanctioned apps, and clandestine devices reign supreme. With statistics showing that Shadow IT is no phantom menace – accounting for a staggering 30-40% of IT spending in large enterprises and responsible for 50% of data leaks – its time to shed some light on this dark side of tech. From employees using unauthorized cloud services to sneaking in personal smartphones for work, the shadowy figures behind these statistics are wreaking havoc on security, compliance, and productivity. Join us as we unveil the chilling truths behind the $40 billion global Shadow IT industry and explore why preventing its infiltration should be a top priority for organizations everywhere.

Compliance Issues

  • 34% of organizations have experienced compliance issues due to Shadow IT.
  • 62% of organizations struggle with enforcing compliance policies on Shadow IT usage.
  • 49% of companies lack a formal policy for managing Shadow IT.
  • 65% of companies are not fully compliant with data protection regulations due to the use of Shadow IT.
  • 47% of organizations experience Shadow IT-related compliance issues.

Interpretation

Shadow IT statistics reveal a troubling dance between organizations and the elusive techno-rogue known as Shadow IT. With compliance issues cropping up like unwanted party crashers, it's evident that many companies are grappling with the rebellious ways of this disruptive entity. Enforcing compliance policies seems akin to herding cats for 62% of organizations, while nearly half confess to lacking a formal strategy to rein in Shadow IT's mischievous antics. As a result, data protection regulations are being gleefully sidestepped by 65% of companies, leaving them vulnerable to the consequences of their software renegades. It seems the only certainties in the shadowy underworld of IT are uncertainty and a whole lot of compliance-induced headaches.

Cybersecurity Incidents

  • 59% of organizations have experienced a security incident due to Shadow IT.
  • 78% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT creates vulnerabilities in the organization.
  • Shadow IT users are responsible for 50% of data leaks in enterprises.
  • 55% of security breaches are caused by human error, including the use of Shadow IT.
  • 48% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT poses a significant threat to their organization's security.
  • Shadow IT will make up a third of the security attacks a company will face this year.
  • 68% of companies cite unauthorized access to data as a top concern related to Shadow IT.
  • 67% of executives believe Shadow IT increases the risk of data breaches.
  • 52% of organizations reported a security incident due to unauthorized applications.
  • 29% of organizations have had confidential data exposed due to Shadow IT.
  • 47% of employees share files with third parties outside the company network, potentially exposing sensitive data.
  • 61% of IT leaders worry about the security risks posed by unauthorized apps and services.
  • 63% of employees don't believe their IT department could protect them from cyber threats.
  • Over 50% of organizations have experienced a malware attack via Shadow IT.
  • 55% of organizations have experienced a data breach due to Shadow IT.
  • 74% of IT executives believe that employees using personal devices for work-related tasks is a significant security risk.
  • 29% of security incidents involve the use of Shadow IT, making it a top security concern for organizations.
  • 81% of security incidents occur due to negligent employees using unauthorized applications.
  • 84% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT poses a threat to network security.
  • 26% of IT professionals reported that Shadow IT led to a breach of their company's data.

Interpretation

Shadow IT may sound mysterious and elusive, but its impact on organizational security is as real as it gets. With a staggering 59% of organizations experiencing security incidents and 78% of IT professionals pointing fingers at Shadow IT for creating vulnerabilities, it's clear that this shadowy phenomenon casts a dark cloud over data integrity. From data leaks to malware attacks, human error to unauthorized access, the statistics paint a sobering picture of the risks posed by employees venturing into uncharted IT territories. As over two-thirds of companies express concerns about unauthorized data access and executives fret over increased breach risks, it's evident that shining a light on Shadow IT is imperative to safeguarding network security. Remember, in the battle against cyber threats, ignorance is not bliss but a breach waiting to happen. Let's bring Shadow IT out of the shadows and into the spotlight of security consciousness.

SaaS Usage by Employees

  • 60% of employees download third-party productivity apps for work purposes.

Interpretation

In a world where efficiency is key and productivity is paramount, it seems that employees are not just thinking outside the box but also outside the company's sanctioned software. With 60% of employees opting for third-party productivity apps, it's clear that the standard tools provided may not always cut it. While this trend certainly speaks to a desire for innovation and optimization, it also poses potential security risks and indicates a need for employers to adapt and provide more tailored solutions to meet their workforce's evolving needs.

Shadow IT Spending

  • Shadow IT accounts for 30-40% of IT spending in large enterprises.
  • 80% of employees admit to using SaaS applications not approved by IT.
  • 92% of IT professionals surveyed believe that preventing Shadow IT is a priority.
  • Global Shadow IT spending is estimated to exceed $40 billion by 2022.
  • 25% of employees use Shadow IT to get their work done more efficiently.
  • 65% of IT leaders believe that Shadow IT hinders their ability to achieve company goals.
  • 43% of employees use unauthorized devices for work purposes.
  • 51% of employees use personal smartphones for work-related activities.
  • 70% of IT professionals admit to using unauthorized cloud services in their workplace.
  • 23% of employees intentionally bypass security protocols to use Shadow IT.
  • 41% of organizations have no visibility into the cloud services used by their employees.
  • 75% of employees use personal email accounts for work-related communications.
  • 40% of software spending at large enterprises is on Shadow IT.
  • Up to 80% of cloud services in use today started without IT approval.
  • 44% of end users admit to using applications not provided by IT.
  • 20% of IT budgets are spent on Shadow IT services.
  • Shadow IT can result in redundancies with organizations using up to 50 redundant apps simultaneously.
  • 85% of critical business apps are pushed underground with Shadow IT.
  • Only 8% of IT departments practice complete visibility over all cloud services in use.
  • 75% of IT leaders believe Shadow IT is a major problem within their organizations.
  • 82% of employees believe they are not provided with the right tools from IT, leading to Shadow IT.
  • 65% of employees say they use unsanctioned apps because their IT department moves too slowly.
  • 58% of IT professionals believe that Shadow IT is necessary for employee productivity.
  • Shadow IT adds an average of 50 apps to a company’s IT environment, leading to potential security risks.
  • 70% of IT professionals predict an increase in the percentage of shadow devices connected to corporate networks.
  • The average large enterprise uses 841 cloud services, with IT aware of less than 10% of them.
  • 57% of IT departments said they lacked visibility into their organizations' software use.
  • 74% of organizations allow the use of collaboration tools that have not been formally vetted or managed by IT.
  • Shadow IT grows by 20% per year, making it an increasing challenge for IT departments.
  • 45% of organizations have sensitive data stored in unauthorized cloud services.
  • 71% of remote employees use personal devices for work, contributing to Shadow IT risks.
  • 54% of business users choose consumer-grade solutions over corporate-approved tools due to ease of use.
  • 36% of IT professionals say they don't have adequate tools to manage Shadow IT effectively.
  • 21% of employees have access to company data via personal devices without IT's knowledge.
  • Organizations underestimate their Shadow IT usage by an average of 42%.
  • 83% of employees use unauthorized communication tools in the workplace.
  • 38% of organizations experience conflicts between business units and IT over which tools to use.
  • 84% of IT professionals believe that educating employees about the risks of Shadow IT is crucial.
  • 28% of employees admit to storing sensitive work files on personal cloud storage solutions.
  • 80% of security and IT professionals believe the number of unauthorized cloud services used by employees is higher than the official IT estimate.
  • Employees use an average of 36 cloud services for work, of which IT is aware of only 27.
  • Only 1 in 5 organizations have a comprehensive Shadow IT policy in place.
  • 70% of business users believe that using unauthorized apps make them more productive.
  • 43% of IT professionals say that Shadow IT has resulted in poor backup practices within their organization.
  • 52% of organizations lack the necessary visibility into the cloud services being used by employees.
  • 37% of IT professionals believe that finance departments are the most likely to use Shadow IT services.
  • 63% of organizations do not have a formal process for managing Shadow IT.
  • 35% of employees admit to using unauthorized software because they find the approved tools too complex.
  • 72% of employees use instant messaging apps for work without IT approval.
  • 53% of security incidents could be attributed to the use of unauthorized cloud apps.
  • 60% of employees use personal cloud storage for work purposes, potentially exposing sensitive data.

Interpretation

In a world where Shadow IT reigns supreme, it seems that employees have become the ultimate rogues in the realm of corporate technology. With statistics painting a picture of spending discrepancies, unauthorized app escapades, and a cloud services jungle that IT departments can only dream of mapping, it's clear that a digital rebellion is afoot. As IT professionals aim to corral the renegade software and devices that threaten to derail company goals and security protocols, one thing is certain: the shadowy allure of efficiency gains and productivity boosts continues to seduce employees down the forbidden path of unauthorized tools. Will IT departments emerge victorious with comprehensive policies and education campaigns, or will the shadow cast by tech-savvy employees continue to darken the corporate landscape? Only time will tell in this battle of bytes and bandwidth.

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