14 Jan Masergy Launches Industry’s First Integrated SD-WAN Shadow IT Discovery Solution | Light Reading
DALLAS — Masergy, the secure software-defined network and cloud
platform for the digital enterprise today announced the launch of its Masergy Shadow IT
Discovery solution. Shadow IT exposes enterprises to significant cybersecurity risks. Building on
its mission to make security intrinsic to its SD-WAN platform and to offer the most robust
real-time visibility and control, Masergy is empowering enterprises to immediately identify and
appropriately address unauthorized SaaS applications.
The proliferation of SaaS applications continues to compound each year, exposing businesses
to ever-increasing cloud threats and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. According to one study, the
average enterprise has more than 888 unauthorized SaaS applications running unbeknownst to
IT departments. Furthermore, Gartner clients indicate that “shadow IT” investments can exceed
40% of the formal IT spend.
“With more than half of all enterprise workloads now running in IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS, securing
enterprise access to multiple clouds is crucial,” according to Principal Research Analyst, John
Burke, at Nemertes Research. “Shadow IT in the form of the proliferation of unsanctioned cloud
solutions cannot be ignored, and integrating shadow IT discovery into a managed SD-WAN
offering, as Masergy has done, gives crucial new visibility to IT teams with minimal added
Masergy Shadow IT Discovery immediately scans and identifies all applications, providing
clients visibility through the SD-WAN management portal. Until now, IT departments have had to rely on a variety of endpoint security solutions and guesswork to access this information. The
time savings and decreased threat exposure will help IT organizations increase their security
posture and keep up with the blind spots created by unsanctioned usage.
“Masergy stands committed to helping global enterprises leverage the cloud with certainty,
giving them the visibility they need to control access without disrupting the productivity benefits
that cloud applications deliver,” said Terry Traina, Chief Digital Officer, Masergy.
This announcement comes just four months after the Masergy AIOps product launch, in which
the company released the industry’s first SD-WAN-integrated digital assistant for network,
security, and application optimization.