Quick question: how many copies of MicrosoftMSFT+0.31% Windows Server 2003 are you running across your organization?
If you’re in a large enterprise, the answer is likely to be I have no idea – or worse, perhaps you have a number in mind that in reality is woefully inaccurate.
I’m singling out Windows Server 2003 because that venerable workhorse of enterprise tech is going out of support this July – in spite of the fact that there are still untold thousands of running copies out there, frequently off the radar of IT management.
Leveraging IT Asset Management (ITAM) for Cybersecurity
CIOs are constantly looking for ways to enhance enterprise security programs. The rapidly escalating cyberthreat environment has heightened the risk posed by obsolete devices and software within the IT infrastructure. IT asset management (ITAM) is an operational practice that traditionally has been focused on improving operational cost eff ectiveness through disciplined portfolio, contract, and device management. However, IDC believes it is time to rethink the role and contribution of ITAM within overall IT governance and effectiveness. This IDC Buyer Case Study documents the successful initiation and delivery of the first stage of an IT asset “lifecycle” management schema that assists in combating the increasing number of cyberattacks on the proprietary data of a world-class enterprise.