Are all of your licenses up to date? The main goal of software asset management (SAM) is to record and manage software license compliance and accurately report the version of installed software. Security threats often make asset management a top priority in an organization. Software license management and version reporting provides information about what and how software is being used within your organization as well as the version and patch levels. This information can assist other departments such as IT Security, to further protect your systems, minimizing the risk of malware infecting your network and remediating vulnerabilities by keeping the software patched.
Information Security (IS) departments work well with asset managers. SAM provides discovery data and IS shares network information such as who accesses the networks and what devices are used internally and remotely. Both of these working in tandem can deliver reliable data when investigating security incidents and possible vulnerabilities.
Securing your network partnering SAM with information security involves following a few simple steps.