South Africa is the top software piracy destination in Africa with the commercial value of unlicensed software installed in the country peaking at $385 million in 2013, according to the global software industry watchdog.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Business Software Alliance”]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 cited unauthorized access by hackers as a top concern and 59 percent cited loss of data.[/blockquote] Nigeria followed South Africa with $287, according to the Software Alliance (BSA), the advocate for the global software industry, in a software survey report titled “The Compliance Gap: BSA Global Software Survey 2014.”
This figure reveals a rising trend in the value of pirated software used in Nigeria from $114 (2007), $156 (2009) and $251 (2011), the software industry watchdog says.
South Africa experienced a decline in value from $564 in 2011 to $385 in 2013. Other high-ranking African countries in the illegal business include Egypt ($198), Kenya ($128) and Algeria ($102), according to BSA.
The rate of pirated and unlicensed software use in the Middle East and Africa reached 59% in the same year. Zimbabwe (91 percent), Libya (89 percent), Algeria (85 percent), Cameroon (82 percent), Nigeria (81 percent), Zambia (81 percent) and Côte d’Ivoire (80 percent) topped the rate of usage of unlicensed and pirated software in Africa, according to the report.
On the global scale, the study finds that “43 percent of the software installed on personal computers around the world in 2013 was not properly licensed. That marked an uptick from 42 percent in BSA’s previous global study two years prior. The commercial value of these unlicensed software installations slipped marginally to $62.7 billion.”
BSA survey also reveals that security threats rank as top reason not to use unlicensed software.
According to BSA, computer users around the world cite the risk of security threats from malware as the top reason not to use unlicensed software.
“Users’ specific concerns include intrusions by hackers and loss of data. Yet a striking 43 percent of the software installed on personal computers globally in 2013 was not properly licensed — a finding that underscores the need for enterprises to adopt effective software management practices”, according to BSA findings.
Other key findings include:
Rate: 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.
Value: The commercial value of unlicensed PC software installations totaled $62.7 billion globally in 2013.
Security Risks: 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 cited unauthorized access by hackers as a top concern and 59 percent cited loss of data.
Software Policy Awareness: There is an awareness gap between workers and IT managers when it comes to software policies in enterprises: workers are less likely to say there is a formal policy in place than IT managers.