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Symantec has put together perhaps the dorkiest security advice: an entire comic strip on how Shadow IT affects a business. And it reads like an ’80s after-school special.

We kind of love it.

Shadow IT encompasses the unseen and uncontrolled areas within a company’s IT system. If an employee uses an unapproved application to transfer or store company documents, the IT department won’t be able to see where that document goes. Another example is if an employee e-mail company information to a personal e-mail to work on projects at home on an unregulated computer.

These scenarios present issues in protecting proprietary information and can create holes through which hackers can slip into the system.

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This all plays into the idea of employees bringing their own devices to work. It also plays into how easy it is to use cloud services, which are often not previously vetted by a company’s IT department.

Check out the comic strip and don’t forget to laugh because, yeah, it’s a comic strip about Shadow IT.

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Understanding Shadow IT: Are you aware how your actions can impact your organisation's Cyber Resilience?

Symantec: Understanding Shadow IT — are you aware how your actions can impact your organisation’s Cyber Resilience?

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Be Cyber Resilient: Know the risks (and rewards) of Shadow IT.

Symantec: Be Cyber-Resilient — know the risks (and rewards) of Shadow IT.

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Be Cyber Resilient: Know the risks (and rewards) of Shadow IT.

Symantec: Be Cyber-Resilient — know the risks (and rewards) of Shadow IT.

Comic strip via Render Positive for Symantec

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