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Unlicensed software threatens Asia-Pacific

Anuradha Shukla | June 6, 2016
Region records the highest rate of unlicensed software use, BSA Survey.

Despite the alarming cybersecurity dangers, computer users in the Asia-Pacific region are using unlicensed software at an alarming rate.

The new 2016 Global Software Survey from BSA | The Software Alliance indicates that 39 percent of software installed on computers around the world in 2015 is not properly licensed.

61 percent of software installed on computers in 2015 was unlicensed in the Asia-Pacific (AP) region.

Unlicensed use was very high even in certain critical industries, where much tighter control of the digital environment is expected.

The global rate of unlicensed use is 25 percent for the banking, insurance and securities industries.

"As the report underscores, it is critically important for a company to be aware of what software is on the company network," said BSA |The Software Alliance president and CEO Victoria A. Espinel. "Many CIOs don't know the full extent of software deployed on their systems or if that software is legitimate."


Loading without knowledge

CIOs estimate that 15 percent of their employees load software on the network without their knowledge. About 26 percent of employees load unauthorized software on the network.

China's overall unlicensed rate (70 percent) is higher than the Asia Pacific region as a whole (61 percent).

Out of the 19 economies surveyed in Asia Pacific, only Indonesia's and Brunei's unlicensed software rates stayed the same as 2013, at 84 percent and 66  percent respectively. All other APAC economies registered a reduction in their unlicensed software rates.

China and Sri Lanka recorded the highest decreases in unlicensed software rates with four-point decreases. Japan recorded the second lowest unlicensed software rate in the world at 18 %.

After Asia-Pacific at 61 percent, the next-highest unlicensed software rate was in Central and Eastern Europe at 58 percent, and then the Middle East-Africa at 57 percent.


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