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ISO issues software licence management standard

The International Standards Organization (ISO) has published a standard for software asset management to help companies avoid legal action from using improperly licensed software.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) has published a standard for software asset management to help companies avoid legal action from using improperly licensed software.

The new standard, called ISO/IEC 17990-1, has been jointly published by the ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

IT supplier group Business Software Alliance (BSA), which campaigns against illegal software, has welcomed the new standard. The UK’s Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is also expected to support it.

Investors in Software, one of the organisations involved in the development of the standard, said, “The underlying justification for software asset management is the need to apply good governance to software assets. Without it, organisations could be subjected to significant risks, including legal and financial exposure.”

So far, ISO has published part 1 of the standard, which covers processes and areas such as risk management and cost control.

The second part of the standard, covering tools, is expected later this year.

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