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BSA urging software licence audit

Tash Shifrin

The Business Software Alliance is urging UK businesses to review their software licensing as part of its annual audit return campaign.

The alliance – which includes Adobe, Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft , SAP, and Symantec among its members – uses its annual software audit return to remind companies that they must review their software licences.

Industry analyst IDC has warned that 27% of software in use in UK businesses is illegal.
 
This year, the BSA has set up an online detective game, loosely based on the board game Cluedo in a bid to encourage involvement. Software Cluedo is a learning tool designed to educate businesses on the risks of software piracy in an entertaining way.

Players also have a chance to win software packages from BSA member companies.

The game attempts to show managers and staff the symptoms and risks associated with software piracy and the benefits of effective software asset management.

Players pretend to be a managing director strolling through a virtual office and are confronted by a series of possible scenarios from which they must work out how illegal software has been installed in their company.

Siobhan Carroll, the BSA’s regional manager Northern Europe, said, “While the software audit return form enables businesses to get a hold of their current licensing position, the game provides the warning signs to help businesses and their employees spot and guard against illegal software.

“Software asset management is becoming increasingly relevant to help businesses kick-start and maintain control of their software assets.”

The Software Cluedo detective game follows network security firm Arbor Networks’ bid last month to raise the profile of IT security through a 12-part podcast drama serial.

You can play Software Cluedo at:

www.bsa.org/softwarecluedo/


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