Tools and Resources

Compliance Tools

BSA | The Software Alliance wants to make it easy for companies of any size to establish and maintain a software asset management (SAM) program based upon industry standards and best practices. The following library provides a variety of tools and resources from BSA, its members and partners to help you establish your SAM program.


Verafirm Registry and Registered Status

More than simple license management, the Verafirm registry is unique. It is an industry-first portal that provides a common interface to companies, buyers and publishers. Under this single interface, companies can manage their own software, easily demonstrate their legal use of it, and connect with buyers interested in doing business with ethical companies.

Verafirm Verified

Companies can continue to take advantage of their SAM practices and get certified by a third party to move on to the Verified status. Verafirm verification consists of a third party audit of the declaration of licenses in the registration process. The BSA will review the findings of the auditor and offer verified status to your organization.

Verafirm Certified

Meant for organizations who are larger and have SAM process in place, certification is an opportunity to ensure company’s SAM practices are benchmarked and aligned to ISO 19770-1:2012 SAM Standard and the results of effective SAM processes are license compliance, optimization of software and costs throughout the software lifecycle, better visibility into IT and control over the IT environment.  The gold standard in SAM certification, Verafirm Certified companies uniquely signal ethical management and strong business controls and stand out among competitors with a globally recognized certification.


SAM Advantage Professional Certification

SAM Advantage is an online training course and targeted to the IT manager and SAM professional. Successful completion results in the individual becoming a Certified Professional.


Software Management Guide

Use this simple resource for information and helpful tips on how to get started with basic management of software assets and to information about becoming compliant with software license agreements.


Free Software Audit Tools

Software license self-audits are a key component of any software asset management solution. BSA makes available free third-party self-audit tools for download.


Software Asset Management Presentation for Employers (w/ Presentation Notes)

Are you willing to wager that your employees already know how to use company computers responsibly? Communicate to your employees the importance of software audits, software compliance and licensing. It will help prevent the risks associated with workplace software piracy.


SAM Employee Policy

An example employee policy on software license management can help a business avoid the risks associated with unlicensed software use.


SAM Employee Memorandum

A companion to the SAM employee policy, this memorandum will announce the SAM program and its requirements as it relates to individual employee behavior to employees.

10 Reasons Why It’s Important to be a Responsible Software User

10. Copying software undermines policies against taking company property.

9. Proper software management saves time and money, makes computer users more productive and organizations more competitive.

8. Unlicensed software is one of the top sources of computer viruses. These viruses can destroy valuable data, create privacy concerns and open up networks to unauthorized third parties.

7. Unlicensed software is more likely to fail, leaving computers and their information useless.

6. Expect no warranties or support for unlicensed software; and no access to upgrades.

5. The cost of unlicensed software settlements usually far outweighs the cost incurred by a company using legitimate software.

4. In some circumstances, unlicensed software leaves an organization vulnerable to raids and seizures of evidence, including computers, disk drives, and other equipment after pirating software.

3. BSA receives over 2,000 unlicensed software tips each year – just in the US alone. 

2. Unlicensed software can lead to fines of up to $150,000 per copyright infringed and civil and criminal prosecutions.

And the number one reason to ensure that the software being used is compliant with U.S. Software Copyright Laws?

Unlicensed Software Is Theft!