is an Associate in the Litigation and Employment and Labor & Workforce Management practices, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. Practicing in several facets of litigation and labor and employment law, he advises employers about issues and policies related to social media and the online conduct of employees. For more information, or to contact Mr. Aibel, please visit his firm profile page.
ShadowIT involves workers’ use of unsanctioned products and applications to perform the work of the business enterprise. In other words, ShadowIT occurs when employees use their personal emails and applications, such as a cloud-based storage system, instead of company-approved solutions. According to a recent survey, about one-third of IT use is considered ShadowIT. Whether responding to a subpoena in a wage and hour dispute, attempting to safeguard previous corporate secrets, or analyzing the extent of a data breach, a company’s failure to understand the scope and location of ShadowIT data could be problematic. Companies should have policies in place regarding employees’ (and other workers’) use of unapproved applications, but there should also be an understanding that a policy is not a panacea.