When business decision makers decide to circumvent security controls, they typically are trying to gain operational efficiency, not put the organization at risk. But even when done with good intention, they are creating risk.

A recent study by Code42 found that CEOs are the top perpetrators of shadow IT, even though they know it’s a risk. The study showed that 75 percent of CEOs and more than half (52 percent) of business decision makers (BDMs) admit that they use applications or programs that are not approved by their IT department.

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CEOs’ risky behaviors compromise security