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Report: Poor asset management leads to IT insecurity

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WHAT: "Understanding the Federal Government’s 'IT Insecurity' Crisis," from the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers

WHY: It may come as no surprise that an organization of asset managers thinks the federal government's proposed $14 billion cybersecurity spend doesn't include enough emphasis on asset management. According to their report, more robust asset management will help offset the damaging effects of security breaches, curtail overspending on software, prevent data loss, and make sure existing IT assets are used to their full potential.

VERBATIM: "The reality is that the crisis in federal IT management is as much an opportunity as it is a risk, particularly when it comes to saving taxpayers money. The overall spending pattern of the federal government on IT suggests that enormous progress could be achieved through better and tighter ITAM practices. One major reason: Better control of inventory, software licensing, upgrades, and so on, will actually reduce the risk of more federal government IT failures. Conversely, spending greater and greater sums without proper ITAM controls in place is a prescription for more breaches, risks posed by unauthorized devices, increases in lost and stolen hard drives, and major vulnerabilities created by outdated and/or 'unpatched' software."

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About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a weekly contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.

Click here for previous articles by Mazmanian. Connect with him on Twitter at @thisismaz.


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