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Standard to promote the legal use of software
24-09-2008 IT/BSA source: PeppeR
The Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT) launched as a Hungarian national standard the international standard of software asset management. As of September, the ISO/IEC 19770-1 standard is accessible as a Hungarian national standard. Obtaining the certificate that verifies compliance with the standard of software asset management processes at companies ensures greater security for the managers of responsible Hungarian firms, and, at the same time, promotes efforts against illegal software use.

The MSZ ISO/IEC 19970-1 standard describes internationally acknowledged processes based on industry practices, facilitating the efficient and secure performance of rather complicated software asset management activities affecting a number of professional fields such as corporate governance, informatics and finances. The standard is significant in that it renders the registration of installed software and licences, just as the handling of other related documents much more transparent and correct. On the one hand, by complying with the standard, companies will be able to verify, both outside and within their organization, that they perform their software asset management activities in compliance with statutory regulations. On the other hand, they will also save considerable sums via the more rational management of software.

The launch, as a Hungarian national standard, of the international standard issued two years ago is the result of a cooperation between the Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT), BSA (Business Software Alliance) in Hungary and IPR-Insights Kft.. The Hungarian translation of the standard was prepared by IPR-Insights Kft. and the final text was completed on the basis of coordination talks held in the competent IT and technical committee of MSZT. BSA Hungary supported the issuance of the national standard as an initiative that facilitates the spreading of responsible software asset management among Hungarian institutions as well as at small, medium and large sized companies and that relates to activities aimed at restricting illegal software use.

The newly introduced standard assists the work of managers of Hungarian business ventures as well as leaders responsible for software management in that it reduces the legal and financial risks of their operation and also improves their competitiveness. This expectation is also confirmed by experiences that clearly indicate lower risks and improved competitiveness in countries applying this standard. A further advantage is that, from now on, software asset management systems can be certified by independent parties, which also adds to the operating security of companies abiding the law.

About the Business Software Alliance

The Business Software Alliance ( is the foremost organisation dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world. BSA programmes foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce. BSA members include: Adobe, Altium, Apple, Attachmate, Autodesk, Avid, Babylon, Bentley Systems, Centennial Software, CNC, Corel, Cyberlink, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation, Enteo Software, Famatech, Graphisoft, LINService, Mamut, Materialise Software, Microsoft, Mindjet, Monotype Imaging, O&O Software, Quark, Quest Software, Ringier-Informatik, Scalable Software, Siemens, Staff& Line, Symantec, Tekla and The MathWorks.

About MSZT

Pursuant to Act XXVIII of 1995 on national standardisation, the Hungarian Standards Institution ( acts as the standards organisation of the Hungarian Government, performing public tasks related to national standardisation in the form of a body of public interest. It possesses a registered membership and self government in line with the requirements of the Civil Code. In the fields of standardisation, technical requirements, certification and the related trainings, MSZT offers services that foster economic growth, innovation and knowledge transfer. When designing, developing and modernising its services, the Institute keeps it in view that these services must provide added value to each player of the business community and the economy. MSZT represents Hungary in the international and European standards organisations (ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC, ETSI). MSZT is a full member of IQNet (International Standardisation Network), thus, along with the certificate of MSZT, the companies certified by it also receive the IQNet-certificate accredited in over sixty countries of the world.


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