Emerging from the Shadows: Survey Evidence of Shadow IT Use from Blissfully Ignorant Employees
12 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2015 Last revised: 1 Oct 2021
Date Written: July 18, 2015
Current research dealt with various aspects of Shadow IT. However, we still do not have an evidence of how much the phenomenon is widespread in organizations. Are employees really using Shadow IT and how much? We conducted an online survey of 450 employees in 5 organizations to understand how much Shadow IT is used by employees. Our research found that Shadow IT phenomenon is widespread in the organizational context. We found that 52% of “Blissfully ignorant” employees, despite their 75% awareness of information security policy, do use Shadow IT to satisfy their job needs, increase their productivity and efficiency. These illegal activities are conducted as employees miss clarity on the proper compliance behaviors regarding Shadow IT but also because they believe that IT department cannot meet their needs in terms of the approval speed. Our study has several important insights for practitioners and offers some future directions for researchers.
Keywords: Shadow IT, software, organizational IT, shadow systems, information security
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