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What is Needed to Combat the Rise in Shadow Devices

With the rise in shadow devices being used by employees, your corporate network is at elevated risk of an attack.  Shadow devices include all devices not directly issued by the company, but are being used on the corporate network(s). What people do not realize when they bring these devices into the workplace is they open up a potential for ex-filtration of data from the corporate network.

According to a recent survey by InfoBlox, the most common shadow devices found on networks were:

  • Fitness trackers, such as FitBit or Gear Fit – 49 percent
  • Digital assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home – 47 percent
  • Smart TVs – 46 percent
  • Smart kitchen devices, such as connected kettles or microwaves – 33 percent
  • Games consoles, such as Xbox or PlayStation – 30 percent.

There are a simple few things you can do to protect and detect these devices in your network.  We will use the example of a person arriving in a foreign country at customs as an analogy to how shadow devices should be treated in your corporate network.

1 – Segregate your Network

When you first arrive in any country, the customs agency will place you into a queue.  If you are a citizen of that country you go into one queue, and if you are from a foreign country you will go into another queue.

Shadow devices should be treated like a foreign visitor coming into a country.  They should not be allowed to enter the same network as the legal residents of the country, or in this case the trusted corporate computer.  More than ever you need to make sure you are segregating your