Best Practice Report

Tame The Asset Management Beast

Use Forrester’s Asset Taxonomy To Manage Technical Debt, Limit Attack Surface, And Maximize ROI

February 13th, 2023
With contributors:
Stephanie Balaouras , Liz Herbert , Audrey Lynch , Diane Lynch


Driven by the explosion of edge and IoT devices, asset management has become exceedingly complicated, and the security implications of this fragmented asset environment are daunting. Technology stakeholders must understand the different asset categories and overlapping lifecycles to maximize the economic productivity of enterprise investments, manage technical debt, and control attack surfaces. In this report, we outline and define the five main types of assets, identify the key characteristics of each asset category, and highlight the areas of overlap and dependencies among these asset categories.

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