croom new

Eclipse Integrated Systems Blog

Eclipse Integrated Systems has been serving the Bridgewater area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How To Keep Your Company Out Of The BSA’s Crosshairs

How To Keep Your Company Out Of The BSA’s Crosshairs

Let’s say that you have an employee who wants to do some good for your business and save your IT some cash on a piece of business software. They find a “free” version of it on the Internet, thinking they have found you a bargain deal. Little do you know that there is an agency out there that’s specifically looking for businesses like yours that don’t keep track of their software licensing, just to make a quick buck off of copyright infringement.

This organization--the Software Alliance (BSA)--was founded by Microsoft back in 1988 in an attempt to preserve intellectual property of member companies. Its initial goal was to put a halt to copyright infringement, especially in more recent years as pirating software has grown more popular. Only recently has the BSA started using some rather underhanded tactics to find unlicensed software on business systems.

One of these tactics tries to entice employees (or former employees), to report instances of software licensing fraud. In other words, they try to get your employees to report any suspicious software handling by promising complete and total anonymity and a cash reward. It’s a tempting offer for employees who might feel downtrodden about their work, and a report from one of these workers could be condemning for your company. The BSA runs ads across social media looking for whistleblowers - it’s not like a former employee needs to look very hard to find them.

But what if you don’t know that you’re using unlicensed software? Surely that makes a difference, right? Well… no. Being unaware won’t help your case, and there’s no excuse for using unlicensed software. Therefore, you need to ask yourself whether you’re willing to risk a situation like this potentially costing your business.

One of the best ways you can keep your business safe from the BSA is by restricting user permissions on your company devices. By this, we mean allowing only your IT department to install applications on your company’s computers. This keeps your employees from finding questionable software licenses on the Internet and implementing them without IT approval, effectively eliminating a big risk factor for your organization.

The need for software licensing documentation cannot be expressed enough. You need to be ready for an audit at any given time, as they can (like many business matters) be unpredictable. Therefore, what we recommend is that you reach out to an unbiased third-party provider for a comprehensive network audit to look for unlicensed software. The goal is to find any instances of unlicensed software so that, in the event of an unexpected audit, you aren’t caught red-handed--even if it’s not your fault.

Eclipse Integrated Systems can provide your business with the quality network audit needed to snuff out any instances of unlicensed software on your infrastructure. To learn more, reach out to us at 800-340-0505.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Cloud Best Practices Privacy Hackers Business Computing Malware Software Internet Microsoft Windows 10 Computer Google Hosted Solutions Innovation Backup Productivity Business User Tips Business Management Windows Network Security Disaster Recovery Hardware Productivity Cybersecurity Efficiency Virtualization Law Enforcement Apps Email Managed IT Services Mobile Devices IT Support Smartphone VoIP Telephone Systems Ransomware Miscellaneous Mobility Android Operating System Cybercrime Microsoft Office Quick Tips Business Continuity communications Chrome Information Technology Money Cloud Computing Passwords Office 365 Application Saving Money Wireless Communication IT Services Password Small Business Unsupported Software Workplace Tips Social Health Browser Outsourced IT App Government Social Media Mobile Device Management Upgrade Facebook Holiday Google Drive Shortcut Current Events Smartphones Server BDR Computers Managed Service Provider Hacking Risk Management Work/Life Balance Save Money Gadgets Office tips USB Wi-Fi Search Antivirus Meetings Save Time Alert Flexibility Hosted Solution The Internet of Things DDoS Mobile Computing End of Support Windows 10 History Battery Data Management Data Backup HaaS Samsung Private Cloud Personal Information Automobile Cost Management Automation Recovery Going Green Managed IT Phishing Update Transportation Computer Care Identity Theft Collaboration Proactive IT WiFi Internet Exlporer Best Practice Streaming Media Data Recovery Bandwidth Humor Office Television Data Storage Remote Computing Telephony Users Cleaning Employer-Employee Relationship Spam Virtual Reality Outlook Chromecast Cast Solid State Drive Windows Ink Internet of Things OneNote Computer Accessories Education SaaS Excel Entertainment BYOD Hard Disk Drive Router Hacker Managed IT Services Scalability Data Security Unified Threat Management Sync Politics Trending Keyboard Lithium-ion battery Data storage How To Vendor Management Distributed Denial of Service Bluetooth Settings HBO Upgrades Experience Administrator Marketing Vulnerability Point of Sale Sports Fax Server Network Data Protection Consultant Adobe Advertising Phone System Access Data iOS Hiring/Firing Training IT Support IT Management Touchscreen Applications Music Gmail Wearable Technology Audit Benefits Black Market Company Culture Reputation Files IT Solutions Licensing Analytics Apple Laptop Tech Support Computer Fan Smart Technology Encryption eWaste Wireless Technology Commerce Emails Travel PDF Big Data Robot Touchpad Running Cable Nanotechnology Instant Messaging Worker Commute SharePoint WIndows Server 2008 Webinar Tablets Text Messaging Books Social Engineering VPN User Error Root Cause Analysis Managing Stress iPhone Patch Management IT solutions NFL Electronic Medical Records Operating Sysytem Augmented Reality Video Games Scam Mobile Device Budget Teamwork Screen Mirroring Windows 10s Word Artificial Intelligence Avoiding Downtime Uninterrupted Power Supply Legal Employer Employee Relationship

Blog Archive

Sign up for our Newsletter!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Latest News

      Eclipse Integrated Systems launches new website!

      Eclipse Integrated Systems is proud to announce the launch of our new website at www.eisystems.com. The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our services for prospective clients.

      Read more ...

      Account login