These and other findings released today in the
"Most people don't know what is installed on their systems. That needs to change," said BSA President & CEO
•The rate at which PC software was installed without proper licensing in
•The chief reason computer users around the world cite for not using unlicensed software is avoiding security threats from malware. Among the risks associated with unlicensed software, 64 percent of users globally cited unauthorized access by hackers as a top concern and 59 percent cited loss of data.
•IT managers around the world express understandable concern that unlicensed software may cause harm, yet less than half say they are very confident that their company's software is properly licensed.
•Only 35 percent of companies globally have written policies in place requiring use of properly licensed software.
"Unlicensed software use is an organizational governance issue — and this study shows there is a clear need for improvement," said Espinel. "There are basic steps any company can take to ensure it is fully compliant, like establishing a formal policy on licensed software use and maintaining careful records. Companies also should consider implementing more robust software asset management programs that follow internationally-accepted guidelines. These SAM programs can deliver substantial value by ensuring adequate controls are in place to provide a full view into what is installed on a network. That helps organizations avoid security and operational risks, and it ensures they have the right number of licenses for their users."
Among the other findings in
•The global rate at which PC software was installed without proper licensing rose from 42 percent in 2011 to 43 percent in 2013 as emerging economies where unlicensed software use is most prevalent continued to account for a growing majority of all PCs in service.
•The commercial value of unlicensed PC software installations totaled
•The region with the highest overall rate of unlicensed PC software installations in 2013 was
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