Four top risks
of ad hoc cloud use

Shadow IT

Shadow or rogue IT is nothing new, but cloud computing has led to a new wrinkle. Now, lines of business can procure IT resources almost instantly. But operating outside of central IT can compromise the enterprise’s security, audit and compliance postures.

Unsecured data

In the cloud, containerization allows memory or storage instances to be spawned in microseconds. But it is not uncommon for containers to be mislabeled. That mislabeled storage represents a data-leak risk.

Technical debt

Ad hoc cloud initiatives (even sanctioned ones) are isolated from the larger enterprise’s goals and regulatory requirements. When the larger enterprise moves to the cloud, acting without a strategic plan accrues technical debt that increases costs. That’s because applications, security configurations and services need to be reworked.

Consumption woes

The cloud makes it simple to consume IT resources. But not all consumption is good consumption. For instance, if 80% of an organization’s applications run on Microsoft SQL server, then spending time and money moving Oracle Database server to the cloud will achieve lower value. Too often, lines of business invest in bleeding-edge areas that produce little ongoing business value.

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