64% of PH firms use illegal software

Published October 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Majority or 64 percent of Philippine companies are using illegal software, putting data at risk nationwide and creating significant gaps in the country’s cyber security defenses, according to a survey.

The latest Business Software Alliance (BSA) Global Software Survey in 2018 revealed that an estimated 64 percent of the country’s corporations use illegal software, The rate is still far behind ASEAN countries like Singapore and Malaysia where the use of unlicensed software is 27 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

The BSA noted that efforts by Optical Media Board (OMB) to enforce copyright laws, an increasing number of corporations in the Philippines are only using legal software in their operations.

“The fact is that the OMB is doing a great job of inspecting and raiding corporations for use of illegal software, and we hope they build on this effort to legalize even more companies to help ensure that the public’s data remain safe,” said BSA Senior Director Tarun Sawney.

And yet, the leading advocate for the global software industry, noted in a statement that more than half of corporations in the Philippines still use unlicensed software in their business operations.

“This means business executives, such as Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs),should step up to fully support legalization of corporate software,” said the BSA in a statement.

“CEOs in the Philippines need to do better. CEOs need to proactively ensure that their companies are compliant.Also, as CEOs are self-policing their corporations, this will protect their data from malware and hackers, leading to improved productivity and efficient management,” said Sawney.

To really put a stop this illegal use of software, BSA has called for intensified enforcement of the IP Code of the Philippines (RA 8293) and Optical Media Act (RA 9239) to ensure that corporations stop using illegal software in their business operations.

Examples of intensified enforcement include conducting raids of companies using illegal software with greater frequency on a nationwide scale.