Homeland Security’s cyber tool finds huge amount of ‘shadow IT’ in agencies

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New cybersecurity tools being deployed across the U.S. government found huge numbers of uncatalogued and unmanaged computer devices connected to federal networks — a phenomenon known as “shadow IT” — necessitating urgent modifications to many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of contracts.

Shaun Waterman reports for CyberScoop that cloud and mobile technologies weren’t included in the scans, because the tools — known as Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation — aren’t tracking them yet. But CDM found everything from printers, PCs and laptops to “stuff like an Xbox,” one source said.

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Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM), Cybersecurity, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)