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Audit on unlicensed
software to expand


Optical Media Board (OMB) chair and chief executive officer, Anselmo Adriano, said the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) aims to expand the audit on the use of unlicensed software to local government units.

In an online press briefing of The Software Alliance yesterday, Adriano said the Department of Information and Communications Technology is doing the audit in national government agencies, and they are hopeful to extend the audit to the LGU level.

He said the conduct of an audit on the use of pirated software in the public sector was proposed during an NCIPR meeting last year.

Adriano added the members of NCIPR also pushed for executive measures to institutionalize the audit of unlicensed software in government agencies.

The use of pirated software is also widespread in the companies in the country, a survey of BSA in 2018 showed.

The BSA Global Software Survey 2018 said 64 percent of companies across the country are “expected to be using unlicensed software”, which are often packaged with malware or contain security vulnerabilities that leave devices open to cyber-attacks.

BSA senior director for Asia Pacific, Tarun Sawney, said that with the Covid-19 pandemic pushing employees to work-from-home, risks on cyber threats have also increased.

He added that institutions are inclined to use pirated software to reduce cost. However, the cost is higher when the computer has malware attack.

According to a BSA survey, organizations face a “1 in 3 chance” of encountering malware attack when they install unlicensed software packages that can cost a damage of USD10,000 per computer.

It added that when a malware infects an entire company, average cost reached USD2.4 million, higher than installing a legitimate software.*PNA


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