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Security startup Cerby debuts with platform to manage shadow IT

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Security automation startup Cerby is exiting stealth mode with the public launch of a security platform designed to help companies deal with shadow IT—information technology products that are used by staff without prior approval or knowledge of IT decision makers.

Such products are either selected and onboarded by business units other than the IT department, and may not support industry standards like SAML (security assertion markup language) and SCIM (system for cross-domain identity management) for logging and exchanging identity data.

Cerby has its own term for applications that fall within the realm of shadow IT.

“After two years of operating in stealth, we are launching a first-of-its-kind platform dedicated to the detection and protection of what we call unmanageable applications,” says Belsasar Lepe, co-founder and CEO of Cerby. “One out of every two applications enterprises use today is an unmanageable application which contributes to a little under two-thirds of cybersecurity attacks.”

A driving force behind shadow IT is the desire by end users to have complete control over the selection and usage of applications.

Citing an in-house study done in partnership with Osterman that sampled more than 500 business professionals in North America and the UK from companies with more than $100 million in annual revenue, the company reported that 91% of the participants wanted full control over applications. 

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