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The public cloud is ubiquitous and, frankly, necessary to meet the needs of an agency’s constituents and mandates. Unfortunately for public CIOs, they are realizing that their employees are bypassing IT to create their own solutions on the public cloud.

This creates Shadow IT, which is a serious threat for businesses because it increases hidden costs by 4-5 times due to the emergence of unnecessary business risks.

Gartner’s top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2016 conclude that at least through 2020, 95 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.

According to Gartner, companies have avoided public cloud solutions for years because of security concerns, such as multi-tenancy/shared resources, authentication/access control, availability needs and meeting compliance requirements. But Gartner says it isn’t the public cloud that should be the top concern, but the internal procedures – Shadow IT – which can lead to compliance failures and business risks.

To get around this, organizations must examine their internal processes when evaluating the cloud. The Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service solution can help agencies manage the cloud by identifying usage throughout the organization and by creating complete visibility.

Learn more about how Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service can reduce the risk of Shadow IT here.