Classification of Software Products

To facilitate tracking of different software, Alloy Discovery gives you the ability to classify software products by groups and categories. For example, you may configure a group that ignores certain products during the audit or a group for tracking installations of unauthorized software.

You can also define different categories for organizing software products based on a common function, type, or field of use. For example, you can create a category for classifying computer programs that perform user tasks (e.g. Application software), a category for classifying computer programs used to start and run computer systems and networks (e.g. System software), and a category for compilers and linkers (e.g. Computer programming tools).

NOTE: For users of version 6 and earlier: Software Products with inactive software recognition rules will be added to the Ignored group after the database upgrade or migration to the latest version of Alloy Discovery.

Assigning Software Products to a Group

To assign one or more Software Products to a group, follow these steps:

  1. In the Desktop App, go to the Software Catalog and select one or several products in the list.
  2. Right-click the selection and choose Reclassify > [Group] from the pop-up menu.

NOTE: Alternatively, you can assign a product to a group when modifying the product’s properties. For details, see Modifying Software Recognition Rules.

INFO: For details on software groups and categories, see Managing Software Categories.

Assigning Software Products to a Category

To assign a Software Product to a category, follow these steps:

  1. In the Desktop App, go to the Software Catalog, select a product in the grid, and click Open.
  2. The Software Product [Product Name] dialog box opens.

    INFO: For details on software groups and categories, see Managing Software Categories.

  3. In the Category drop-down list, choose a category.
  4. Click OK.