Threat of jaill not enough to deter piracy

Survey shows UK IT managers still have work to do

It's an issue which IT managers are fully aware of, but despite the risk of going to prison, take little action over. Software piracy is intentionally or unintentionally a major part of a lot of UK organisations.

IS managers are fully aware of their legal standpoint but, according to a survey commissioned by Vector Networks, 20 per cent of IT managers do not have formal auditing policies and of those who did, only 44 per cent audited PCs once a year.

Colin Bartram, product marketing director at Vector Networks said: "Software management tools such as LANutil32 allow people to substitute or at the very least augment these labour intensive, non-intrusive fast and reliable auditing."

In spite of these tools, Geoffrey Webster, chief executive of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) says "software piracy is still a real issue. Therefore, in the year 2000 FAST is renewing its pledge to work with companies on getting themselves legal." ®

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