Bring cloud usage out of the shadows

Discover and assess risk of all cloud services

Netskope for Shadow IT

In every corner of every industry you’ll find people using the cloud because it helps them get their jobs done more quickly, easily, and flexibly than traditional computing solutions. While you have ownership or responsibility for some of the cloud services in your organization, your users and workgroups are now more than ever trying to deploy and use cloud services on their own. While it may have been possible to say no to these unsanctioned cloud services in the past, the reality is that many of these cloud services deliver real business value. Understanding the value of shadow IT, you need to find a way to enable these user-driven cloud services without compromising security and compliance in your organization.

According to the Netskope Cloud Report, a typical enterprise is using more than 1,000 cloud services, of which more than 90% are not enterprise ready. How can you find all of the cloud services being used in your organization? And how can you assess the risks and benefits of these cloud services, select the best services, and help your organization use them in a safe and compliant manner? Netskope helps you address shadow IT by finding, understanding, and safely enabling all the cloud services and services in your organization.

Key Features

Full visibility

Gain full visibility of your cloud services with an all-mode architecture capable of covering all cloud traffic whether your users are on premises or remote, using a web browser, mobile app, or sync client. Assess enterprise readiness of these cloud services with our objective Cloud Confidence Index (CCI) and calculate risk scores based on your organization’s usage.

  • See traffic from sanctioned or unsanctioned services
  • Gain visibility whether users are on premises or remote
  • Cover browsers, sync clients, and mobile apps
  • Assess services’ enterprise readiness based on 50+ objective attributes
Granular control

Only Netskope gives you granular visibility and control over all or your cloud services. Rather than take a coarse-grained approach by blocking services, set your security policies based on identity, service, activity, and data. Define policies based on the service category or the Cloud Confidence Level in the Netskope CCI. Choose from actions such as block, alert, bypass, encrypt, quarantine, and coach for policy enforcement.

  • Enforce policies across all cloud services based on identity, service, activity, and data
  • Define and enforce policies based on Netskope Cloud Confidence Level
  • Protect sensitive data with advanced cloud DLP
  • Mix and match policy elements to carve out risk without blocking services
Data protection

Many cloud services make it easy to share, but those same capabilities can put your sensitive data at risk. Detect and protect your sensitive content as it moves in and out of sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud services with the industry’s most sophisticated cloud DLP and advanced data encryption.

  • Control sensitive data en route to and from all cloud services
  • Accurately detect sensitive content with advanced cloud DLP
  • Stop data exfiltration to unsanctioned cloud services
  • Protect sensitive data with strong encryption

Understand activity-level usage of your cloud services and detect non-compliant behavior. Maintain detailed audit trails of all cloud activities, and ensure compliance by governing access to your cloud services based on deep cloud context. Enforce granular, activity-level or data-level policies to safely enable cloud services while complying with regulations.

  • Audit and track all cloud service activities
  • Detect non-compliant activities and anomalies
  • Enforce granular controls to ensure compliance
Vendor assurance

As your organization adopts new cloud services, perform due diligence on both discovered and requested services. Use the Netskope CCI to quickly evaluate the wide range of cloud services and services available to help your business choose SaaS services that suit their needs while also meeting your security, auditability, and business continuity requirements.

  • Cloud service due diligence with Netskope CCI
  • CCI database contains 20,000+ cloud services
  • Enterprise-readiness score for each service based on 50+ objective attributes

Netskope Cloud Confidence Index

Learn how the Netskope Cloud Confidence Index can help you assess cloud services in your organization

In this video, you will see how the Netskope CCI uses a wide range of evaluation criteria to assess the enterprise readiness of the cloud services being used in your organization.

Top Use Cases for Shadow IT

Assess risk

With Netskope, you can find, categorize and evaluate the enterprise readiness of the cloud services being used across your organization. Use an objective set of criteria to evaluate each cloud service discovered in your organization and factor in your organization’s usage to assess the overall risk associated with each service.

Govern usage

Govern the usage of unsanctioned cloud services based on contextual details such as user, device, location, service, activity, and data. With Netskope, you can apply granular policies such as “prevent uploads of sensitive data to personal cloud storage services” or “allow access to accounting services for finance department only.”

Secure data

Detect sensitive content en route to or from any cloud service with advanced, enterprise cloud DLP. Define granular policies – based on identity, service, activity and data – to automatically protect your data by blocking activities, restricting access, encrypting data, and more.

Stop threats

The cloud makes it easy to share, but this same capability makes cloud services an attractive target for malicious actors. Protect your organization from cloud threats such as malware and ransomware and also detect unusual data movement or user activity that could indicate the presence of an active threat in your environment.


Understand activity-level usage of all of your cloud services and detect non-compliant behavior and anomalies, such as unusual data movement or user behavior. Maintain detailed audit trails of cloud activities, and ensure compliance by governing access to your cloud services based on deep cloud context.

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