Does your business have a pirated software policy?
Business owners who are unaware of what software their staff have on their computers run the risk of incurring heavy fines, implementing malware or viruses and tarnishing their brand image.
Planit Canada Inc. recommends that all of our clients make it a priority to communicate with their employees the importance of using only licensed software on any business devices. This policy should include instructions to immediately remove any illegally-downloaded or copied software from their computers, while explaining the risks to the business. It is important to understand that the company is held responsible for any pirated software on employee computers.
- Fines: The use of unlicensed software is illegal and can thus result in the organization being taken to court and incurring heavy fines and even risk jail time.
- Security Risks: Pirated software acquired from online sharing sites can include viruses or malware that may leave the company vulnerable to hacking and the disclosure of sensitive information such as passwords and financial data.
- Brand Image: Companies who suffer piracy-related court fines are often made an example of and receive heavy negative media coverage.
The Cost is Too High
Software companies are increasingly able to track and detect unlicensed software remotely.