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Cyber Crime conference results in recommendations

Report says specialised courts, new laws must be set up to protect businesses, governments

Cyber Crime conference results in recommendations
Jawad Al Redha, Co- Chair of the business Software Alliance (BSA), Hisham Tal, Jordanian Minister of Justice, Abdallah Saqqa, General Manager, Middle East & North Africa, Adobe Systems and Naser Semaenah, Anti-Piracy Manager for MEA, Adobe Systems Middle East attended the Cyber Crime conference.

Following the recent Cyber Crime conference in Jordan, a number of recommendations to help businesses and governments tackle software piracy and intellectual property right (IPR) breaches were revealed.

These measures include: Creating public and corporate awareness of the effects of cyber crime on individuals and businesses through targeted workshops, encouraging research and development to focus on cyber crime, generating more media interest in the issue to help raise public awareness and establishing specialised cyber crime courts and passing new laws that help protect user and company rights.

 "Two-thirds of Middle East businesses are at risk of using unlicensed or pirated software, 67% of businesses lack formal systems for software asset management, and 80% fail to identify the operational and viral threats to businesses using pirated software," says Abdallah Saqqa, general manager, Middle East & North Africa, Adobe Systems. "We at Adobe aim to educate businesses on the risks, which extend beyond legal and financial penalties."

The conference was hosted by Adobe Systems Incorporated MENA and the Business Software Alliance, alongside the Jordanian National Library.

Software piracy and the breach of property rights can lead to economical deficiencies as a result of piracy, violation of user privacy, cyber crime, and IPR infringement and each of these have negative effects on the business environment, according to the conference's press release. 

"This conference was a call on industry leaders and decision makers from the government and the private sector to directly address the risks of IPR violation and cyber crime," says Jawad Al Redha, co- chair of the Business Software Alliance (BSA). "The aim is to enhance and establish stronger relationships between Arab countries as well as create an open platform for exchanging information and experiences."

In many Middle Eastern countries, software piracy has only varied by around 2-3 % over the last few years, however the financial losses that this represents can be more than US$100 million.

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