Two financial institutions and two local authorities were among the first UK organisations to receive audit certification from the Federation Against Software Theft. Ian Taylor, minister for science and technology, presented the certificates to seven organisations on Friday.
Those commended were Allied Dunbar Assurance, Pilkington UK, Woolwich Building Society, Surrey Heath Borough Council, West Lancashire NHS Trust, Swalec and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The certificates indicate that the companies have undergone an audit of their software licences to ensure that all the software in use is legal, and have attained Fast?s standard for software management. Certification is now a requirement of Fast membership and must be renewed each year.
?I believe successful organisations should benefit from better software management and a reputation as an organisation with good management practice in this area,? commented Taylor.
Geoff Webster, chief executive of Fast, said: ?Corporates are beginning to recognise software management as an important issue.?
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