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How to Manage Ransomware Risk: (NIST Framework Part 1: IDENTIFY)

Welcome to part one in a series of five blogs created to help you manage ransomware risk with the NIST framework.

NIST is short for National Institute of Standards and Technology. In a world of infinite hardware, software, and cloud options (and opinions), this non-regulatory agency and their Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) produce a never-ending and iterative catalog of compliance-friendly publications (blueprints) to guide your IT journey.

How to Know When You Have a Shadow IT Problem & What to Do Next

You probably have a Shadow IT problem.

I’m not picking on you. According to statistics from Microsoft, Shadow IT is alive and well at most organizations:

The average enterprise uses more than 1,500 cloud apps
88% of all cloud apps are not sanctioned by IT
78GB of data is uploaded monthly to risky cloud apps by the average enterprise

This brief checklist is designed to help you identify four “perfect storm” factors that contribute to the use of unsanctioned IT services.