Shadow IT Home Cybersecurity Dictionary Shadow IT Shadow IT, also called Stealth IT or Client IT, is hardware or software used within organizations without explicit organizational approval. The cloud economy has made massive amounts of technology easily accessible to a huge base of corporate buyers. For example, it is now common to see smaller departments within a company -- or even individuals within a company -- independently procure and utilize SaaS solutions without explicit support from the IT department. Shadow IT refers to these types of technology initiatives that exist without the knowledge of the IT department. Shadow IT can introduce security risks and compliance concerns because it has not been officially vetted by the IT security team. Related TermsInsider ThreatCASB - Cloud Access Security Broker Share: Seeking Clarity? View the Cybersecurity Dictionary for top terms searched by your peers. Back to the Dictionary RELATED INSIGHTS VIDEO February 26, 2018 Optiv Leadership Perspective – Insider Threat Considering the role of insider threat can be a vital first step when looking to mitigate the risks of cyber breaches in an organization. Hear from Br... See Details Read more about Optiv Leadership Perspective – Insider Threat How Can We Help? Let us know what you need, and we will have an Optiv professional contact you shortly.