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Hello Experts,

I'm being called to write a company policy...The policy concerning software licensing. We need a written policy that says.

IT or any other employee will not use any software on company servers or workstations that hasn't been paid for under any circumstances. If we install a Microsoft or Linux product on any device we will have a license purchased by our company and have proof of the license. It must be the type of license needed and the type of license actually used.

This policy will become part of our company policies. I need a template or something I can modify for our purpose.
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My suggestion is to use the template from the SANS institute.  Keep in mind that it should be run by your legal team.

https://www.sans.org/security-resources/policies/server-security/pdf/software-installation-policy
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Also keep in mind that lots of the best software available is OpenSource, and free. You don't need to buy OpenSource Licenses, but rather can pay donations to the producers of the Software. This is mainly on the Linux side, but there is also good OpenSource software that runs on Windows.
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Thank you...I will modify and use as needed...with the legal departments help
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Glad to be of help.  I get most of my templates from SANS as they seem to be the most thorough and need the least amount of work to comply with legal IMHO.
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