BSA mounts campaign against unlicensed engineering, design software – Manila Bulletin

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BSA| The Software Alliance has announced the launch of hotlines across Southeast Asia to help companies in the engineering, infrastructure and construction sectors, amid reports of use widespread use of unlicensed engineering and design software by practitioners in these industries.

In a statement, BSA said the launch of the hotlines will help professionals deal with software copyright compliance challenges. BSA is one of the leading advocates of the global software industry to governments and in the international marketplace.

When launching the helpline, BSA cited reports of “ghost hacking”, in which authorities report design professionals working from home are illegally accessing illegal software in their offices while working remotely. on engineering, construction and animation design projects.

BSA helplines are being launched in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

In the Philippines, BSA said, professionals working in design industries are encouraged to dial +63 966.8248162 to learn more about processes their companies can undertake to improve software license compliance.

Representatives taking calls will be able to share information and connect callers with software licensing experts who can help ensure that companies using the

proper approach to software compliance and ensure companies have the right

licenses in place to operate legally and efficiently.

BSA executives said there was a particular concern when design firms working on engineering

and national infrastructure construction projects use illegal software for design.

“The main reason we started the helpline is that the genuine and licensed software is the first

cybersecurity line of defense,” said BSA Principal Director Tarn Sawney.

BSA wants to help as many organizations as possible recognize the benefits of using licensed software.

“Unlicensed software is not safe. And especially when professionals design

public infrastructure… there is no excuse for negligence in the type of software used. Like a

matter of public and national safety, only licensed, safe and secure software should be used in

construction and engineering design projects,” BSA said.

In Thailand, for example, economic crime and cybercrime officers reported raiding a

animation studio in Bangkok that created entertainment content for worldwide streaming

Platform. While officers were executing a search warrant for software copyright infringement, they

saw home workers remotely using computers in the office to complete design work.

The company had 20 computers in the office, 15 of which contained unlicensed Autodesk Maya programs used for film and animation special effects. The total value of the unlicensed software was nearly $200,000.

“The construction and engineering industries are exposed to cyber threats and must take steps to protect their operations by using only genuine licensed design software. The structures they build for the Philippines are used by all of us. We cannot risk the integrity of our structures and therefore leaders in the construction industry have a responsibility to ensure that not only do they use licensed design software, but that all of their suppliers and vendors also use a real

design software,” said Christine Marie L. Suntav. Executive Director, Optical Media Council

According to the BSA, business leaders should take a proactive approach to managing their

company software assets. This includes communications to staff members on procedures

and processes for using software, and a clear directive to avoid the use of illegal software.

Large enterprises are encouraged to implement a software asset management program to ensure

compliance.

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