Software alliance targets 5,000 public health companies – Manila Bulletin
New public sector investments in national infrastructure call on the private sector to commit to designing with licensed and cybersecure software – and to shed the decades-old habit of using unlicensed software products
BSA The Software Alliance (BSA) plans to educate 20,000 engineering and design companies across the Southeast Asian region, including 5,000 private sector engineering and design companies in the Philippines under of its campaign to combat the use of unlicensed software in the private sector.
Together with software company Autodesk, Inc., BSA is also targeting 5,000 companies in Indonesia, 5,000 companies in Malaysia and 5,000 companies in Thailand. While the companies are primarily engineering and design companies, there are other companies on the list as well, including manufacturing and animation companies.
BSA estimates that there are still over 100,000 design and engineering companies using unlicensed software in Southeast Asia.
Almost every week in Southeast Asia, a private sector engineering, architecture or design company is fined and sanctioned for using unlicensed software. As such, the BSA campaign is designed to educate business leaders about the risks of unlicensed software and the benefits of using legal design software.
BSA also plans to work with government agencies in the region to support the campaign and further encourage the private sector to exclusively use licensed software. This includes the Optical Media Board (OMB) in the Philippines; the Ministry of Communication and Informatics in Indonesia; the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs in Malaysia and the Royal Thai Police, Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECD) in Thailand.
With billions of dollars budgeted for national infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, BSA urged engineering and design companies to commit to using only licensed software in road development, bridges, ports and communications infrastructure planned for years to come as governments seek strategies to boost national competitiveness.
The campaign is a continuation of the BSA Legal and Protect regional initiative launched in 2019. The campaign has helped companies across Southeast Asia to install licensed and cybersecure software on nearly a million PCs.
“It would be a tremendous sign of strength if the next generation of infrastructure projects in South East Asia are built with fully activated, highly productive, secure and licensed software,” said Tarun Sawney, senior director of BSA at the time. a virtual briefing on Wednesday, July 21. “BSA wants to help the leading design and engineering companies in the ASEAN region move from the risks of unlicensed software to fully licensed software that can truly unleash the potential of leading designers in the region,” said Sawney said.
“It’s clear that the leading engineers and designers in Southeast Asia want to use fully licensed design software because it makes them more productive and protects their PCs from attack,” Sawney said. “The challenge is that there aren’t enough business leaders in these companies who are willing to make the necessary investments. “
The BSA outreach will include free consultations and advisory services on conducting audits for private sector companies seeking advice on the software licensing process. Awareness will take place from July 21, 2021 in the form of direct communications from BSA to 20,000 companies. For companies wishing to learn more about software licensing, BSA encourages executives to perform internal audits to identify potential licensing gaps within their companies.
“Licensed software is our first line of defense against cyber attacks, and we need the private sector to prioritize the use of licensed software and be proactive in ensuring that the habit of using unlicensed software is maintained. stopped, ”Atty said. Cyrus Paul S. Valenzuela, Head of the Legal Division of the Optical Media Committee.
“The use of unlicensed software in the country is an indicator of our exposure to cyber attacks, data theft, ransomware and network attacks. This remains a concern in the Philippines, and needs to be addressed. BSA’s effort to help businesses on their journey to comply with national laws is crucial and we strongly support BSA to make our national cyberspace more secure, ”he added.
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