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Defining Shadow Access: The Emerging IAM Security Challenge
Defining Shadow Access: The Emerging IAM Security Challenge

Defining Shadow Access: The Emerging IAM Security Challenge

Release Date: 09/12/2023

Shadow Access is the unmonitored, unauthorized, invisible, unsafe and generally over-permissioned access in your cloud environment. In short, the unintended access to your applications and data. The consequences of Shadow Access are massive and threaten to impact any organization that has an evolving cloud. This short document intends to summarize the background, causes, impact and path forward to regain the benefits of a dynamic and secure cloud environment.

Key Takeaways
In this article, we aim to provide an overview of:
  •  Shadow Access Definition
  •  Background of Shadow Access
  •  What Causes Shadow Access
  •  Process Changes
  •  Impacts of Shadow Access
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