Software Inventory Lifecycle

Software inventory is an ongoing process that needs to be maintained and updated on a regular basis. Maintaining a software inventory aids in cyber hygiene and minimizes unauthorized software installation. Many organizations perform an annual audit by an external third party, where they are required to enumerate authorized software that is running in the environment. Organizations that maintain a current software inventory throughout the year can produce information required by auditors and vendors with minimal effort.

A current software inventory also helps with business roadmap planning. A review of the software running in the environment may reveal that the organization does not have sufficient staffing to support certain services, and outsourcing those services may be more efficient. A review may also reveal that there are services running in the environment that are no longer needed or supported.

Security leaders need to SEE everything, PREDICT what matters most, and ACT to address cyber risk and effectively align cyber security initiatives with business objectives. and discover and analyze assets continuously to provide an accurate and unified view of an organization’s security posture.