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Posted on: 26 Jun 2014 

Posted By: IT Wiser

A Quarter of UK IT Managers Use Unlicensed Software


Almost one in four enterprise IT managers in the UK have installed unlicensed software on computers, a new survey has found.

According to BSA’s Global Software Survey (conducted by global market research firm IDC and encompassing 2,000 IT managers in more than 34 territories), 43 per cent of all software used globally last year was pirated. In the UK, the figure stood at 24 per cent. This is a drop from 27 per cent in 2008, but still represents a commercial value of around £1.2 billion.

BSA says that the figures reflect the massive growth in the tablet market over the past couple of years, with the increasing market affecting PC sales and, in turn, pushing down the overall levels of counterfeit software. As tablet adoption grows, it is predicted that piracy will drop considerably.  However, while the UK has done well, BSA UK committee chairperson Alyna Cope warns that we should not be getting ahead of ourselves.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress seen in the UK over the past two years, particularly as the UK rate had been stagnant for some time before," she said.

“However, there are still 50.5 million PCs in use in the UK and nearly a quarter of the programmes installed on these PCs last year were unlicensed. This indicates that computer users shouldn't be complacent about software licensing, and underscores the need for effective software management practices, especially in business settings.”

Risk of Malware

The use of unlicensed software is not only illegal, it can seriously jeopardise business operations. BSA estimates that there is a 33 per cent risk of encountering malware from pirated software packages, with which comes the threat of compromised security and potential data loss.

Unauthorised access by hackers and loss of data are chief concerns for 64 and 59 per cent of counterfeit software users respectively; however, only 37 per cent of companies in the UK have any sort of written policy in place specifying the use of licensed products.

To mitigate the risk of malware infection, software management practices are essential, as is the adoption of Cloud Web Security and Cloud Online Backup.

Despite tablet growth, with almost a quarter of programs installed on PCs last year unlicensed, it is clear that piracy is an issue that will not be going away in a hurry. ITWiser’s advanced security and backup programs will ensure counterfeit software installed without your knowledge does not affect your business.

The Register