It is well known that you cannot secure what you do not know exists. Asset management is all about discovery, ownership, value, acceptable use, protection, and disposal of information-related assets. Assets can be tangible, like hardware, or intangible, like software and data. Whether you are with a small or large institution, a good place to start is: • Know What You Have • Know Where It Is • Know Who Owns It and Who Maintains IT, and • Know How Important It Is To The Institution..
Develop the 4 "knows" for a great start and, perhaps, successful finish to your asset management initiative. Each of the "knows" are expanded upon below.