The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) plans to expand the audit on local government units (LGUs) for the possible use of unlicensed software, according to Optical Media Board (OMB) chair and chief executive officer Anselmo Adriano.
Adriano said the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is auditing the national government agencies and expecting to extend the audit to the LGU level. He added that the NCIPR also pushed for executive measures to institutionalize the audit of unlicensed software in government agencies.
According to BSA Global Software Survey 2018, sixty-four percent (65%) of companies across the country are “expected to be using unlicensed software,” which are prone to contain malware that leave devices vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The survey added that organizations have “1 in 3 chance” of facing malware attack when they install unlicensed software packages, which costs more damage.
Cyberattacks tremendously increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic when employees have to work from home, as per BSA Senior Director for Asia Pacific Tarun Sawney.

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