In response to today’s speech on US cyber security polity by presidential candidate Donald Trump, Adam Laub, Sr VP of Product Marketing at STEALTHbits Technologies commented below.
Adam Laub, Sr VP of Product Marketing at STEALTHbits:
“Political stances and consequences aside, this situation highlights the inherent dangers of “Shadow IT” whereby end users or business units within an organization leverage technology outside the purview and control of IT Administration and Security staff. As if IT/security talent isn’t scarce enough to protect the systems, applications, and data that organizations know about, there was simply no opportunity to secure this information at all, because no one capable of implementing safeguards was aware of its existence. Additionally, a major point of discussion through this entire saga has been Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server, where the word “server” gives the average, non-technical person a feeling of elevated intent to have done wrong. It’s worth noting, however, that the use of a 3rd party email server offering like Gmail or Yahoo, or even a personal instant messaging application like Skype, could have resulted in the same outcome. For those in support of or opposed to Secretary Clinton, the fact of the matter is that the practice of Shadow IT is rampant within institutions both private and public.”