16:20 | 01/04/2016 Science - Technology
(VEN) -March 31, 2016, The Ministry of Science and Technology, with the support of BSA | The Software Alliance launched the “One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day towards integration”.
The launching ceremony of the one month campaign is chaired by the Vice Minister of Science and Technology ( MOST) Tran Viet Thanh
As chairman to the launch for the “One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day towards integration”, Vice Minister of Science and Technology ( MOST) Tran Viet Thanh accentuated the purpose and meaning of the initiative – “to heighten awareness on the role and importance of IP rights in social development; press ahead the establishment, application, development and enforcement of IP rights; ensure that IP rights become a useful tool to promote science and technology development, and socioeconomic development as a whole; and create society-wide awareness on the need to observe international agreements related to IP.
The “One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day towards integration (March 31 to April 30, 2016) is devoted for educational and training activities, which are followed by enhanced enforcement activities in the following months”, added Vice Minister Tran Viet Thanh.
Building on the many years of cooperation with relevant Vietnamese governmental bodies, Mr. Roland Chan, Senior Director for Compliance Programs, Asia Pacific, BSA | The Software Alliance, commented at the launch event: “Over the years, BSA has initiated many education and awareness building programs aimed at educating and assisting companies to address their software licensing and management issues. It is through these campaigns, and with the strong support of the government, that we are seeing the fruits of our labor. However, we are now also seeing that cybercrime is real and on the rise, transcending borders. Organizations and business owners must be vigilant to protect themselves and their businesses from the growing threats of malware and data theft through the adoption of an effective and efficient software license management practice.
The good news is that with effective management of software assets the risk of a cybersecurity incident is greatly diminished. Part of the goal of BSA in this new campaign is to draw greater awareness of cybersecurity risks that come with the use of unlicensed software. Protecting a company from cyber risks is no longer the sole purview of the IT department. I believe that establishing sound software asset management practices and controls, including a focus on software licensing, is essential for the future of businesses and for Vietnam.”
In its second year, the “One month campaign commemorating World IP Day towards integration initiated by the Ministry of Science and Technology, in partnership with BSA, hopefully will help boost IP right protection and enforcement in Vietnam even further.