Step 1: Don't Panic
"Primarily, you should NOT panic," IAITAM wrote in its 2003 document "How To Defuse a Software Audit." The group also advises against a full and complete admission of guilt. Instead, IAITAM recommends that businesses carefully prepare their case so they can negotiate with the BSA or SIIA. That involves immediately forwarding any software audit or non-compliance notices to both corporate legal counsel and any IT managers. Usually these notices accuse the business of engaging in copyright infringement, list the specific software vendors/programs the business is accused of abusing and offer the business a choice of going to court to fight the allegation or submitting to a software audit.