A network visibility solution launched by Masergy alerts enterprises to the cyber security risks they face from unauthorised SaaS applications.
Called Shadow IT Discovery, Masergy says the tool automatically identifies threats across integrated SD-WANs.
"The proliferation of SaaS applications compounds each year, exposing businesses to ever-increasing cloud threats and cyber security vulnerabilities," stated Terry Traina, Chief Digital Officer, Masergy.
In practice Shadow IT Discovery scans and identifies all applications, providing clients with visibility through the SD-WAN management portal.
"Until now, IT departments have had to rely on a variety of endpoint security solutions and guesswork to access this information," added Traina.
"The time savings and decreased threat exposure will help IT organisations increase their security posture and keep up with the blind spots created by unsanctioned usage."
According to Nemertes Principal Research Analyst John Burke more than half of all enterprise workloads are now running in IaaS, PaaS or SaaS. "Securing enterprise access to multiple clouds is crucial,” he stated.
“Shadow IT in the form of the proliferation of unsanctioned cloud solutions cannot be ignored, and integrating shadow IT discovery into a managed SD-WAN offering gives new visibility to IT teams with minimal effort.”