Software audits on the rise

The risks of using unlicensed software continues to rise with audits on the rise as vendors look to turn the screws on potential lost revenue. According to a customer survey from compliance specialist FAST Ltd users are experiencing a significant rise in the number of audits from both vendors and e


The risks of using unlicensed software continues to rise with audits on the rise as vendors look to turn the screws on potential lost revenue.

According to a customer survey from compliance specialist FAST Ltd users are experiencing a significant rise in the number of audits from both vendors and enforcement agencies, with some seeing a sharp rise in activity last year.

Already this year there have been a couple of high profile naming and shaming of firms caught out using unlicensed software by the Business Software Alliance and it continues to run a campaign encouraging users to report companies that are failing to pay their way.

Matthew Barnes, managing director at FAST Ltd, said that more than half of those customers it quizzed, 55%, had been audited in the last year and the number of organisations that had received a demand to disclose their software assets had grown by 100%.

"These figures show that it's imperative that organisations have an understanding of what they own," he said.

Grant Brierley, vice president and marketing for Express Metrix in EMEA, an IT asset management specialist that has recently formed a partnership with FAST Ltd, said that companies were aware of the need to stay on the right side of the law and were interested in solutions that combined asset management and IT compliance.

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