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Podcast Episode 103: The symbiotic relationship between HAM and Infosec

HAM and Infosec

In this podcast, I speak with Yvette Mathews and Josh Bernson of ITS Partners.

An interesting chat around the changing role of Hardware Asset Management post-COVID and how organisations can address the key challenges.

In particular, it was interesting to discuss the relationship between HAM and Infosec. A symbiotic partnership with ITAM helping Information Security, and Information Security helping ITAM.

We also cover the daunting task of getting started with HAM when you have no idea where to start and the concept of asking users and stakeholders to “self-certify” assets to confirm ownership and ensure records are accurate.

HAM and Infosec – Podcast topics include:

  • How the demands for HAM have changed as a result of COVID-19
  • Information Security as a driver for HAM
  • Federating data and the CMDB
  • A prescriptive approach to ITAM implementation
  • Jump starting HAM when you don’t know where to start
  • Self-certification of assets to support ownership records and accuracy
  • Governance boards to oversee assets throughout their lifecycle
  • Securing budgets for HAM activities

https://soundcloud.com/itamreview/epsiode-103-the-symbiotic-relationship-between-hardware-asset-management-and-information-security

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Yvette and Josh will be speaking at our upcoming Wisdom Online North America 2021 conference on 9th & 10th June along with a great line up of speakers. Register free here.

About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

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One Comment

  1. Kyle Marks says:

    Excellent podcast. HAM is a prerequisite for Infosec, indeed!.
    ITAD is an area that needs attention. ITAM and Infosec must work together.
    Don’t be deceived when assets aren’t received by an ITAD vendor.
    ITAM efforts benefit greatly when Infosec understands our challenges. It is valuable for Infosec to know that serial number tracking is a single point of failure. Two-key tracking (serial numbers and disposal tags together) closes the ITAD gap.

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