Using 'Clean IT' In Auto Sector To Curb Cyber Threat

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 16, 2014


The use of pirated software is increasingly becoming a major threat for automobile manufacturers in India. They believe that the use of unlicensed software exposes their network to malware and viruses and other cyber threats. In order to educate and empower the automobile industry to avoid using pirated software and thereby preventing cyber threats, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) held a seminar on Clean IT.

“With the increasing dependence of automotive Industry on IT systems, use of genuine software and hardware will become a critical factor for competitiveness,” Dr K Rangarajan, Head-Center of MSME Studies, IIFT-Kolkata, said speaking at the seminar.

Gouri Thounaojam, Manager-Programs, BSA-the software alliance, informed that, “using licensed will help automobile industry against the cyber threats. BSA’s unique portal Verafirm has been designed to help help companies to manage ­their own software, demonstrate the legal use of it, and helps them in identifying the legal companies for the business. There are about 120 companies enrolled on Verafirm in India re-instating the fact that enterprises are gradually understanding the need for compliance in a promising yet highly competitive global market.

The seminar was attended by CEOs, CTO’s, IT managers of automobile and auto-component manufacturing companies. The speakers agree that the Indian automobile and auto-component market has been scaling up its operation at a rapid pace over the last one decade. With expected market size of $145 Bn by 2016, Indian auto industry is all set to reaffirm its goliath position in global market. Where the domestic players have such a huge market to satisfy, they also have an increased competition pressure from their global counterparts many of whom come with exceptional best practices.

Experts at the seminar believe that given the dependence of automotive manufacturing sector on IT systems, use of genuine software and hardware will become a critical factor to recon for competitiveness, says the report. As the piracy rates of software in India is less than some of the countries competing for the US market, there lies the opportunity for the Indian exporters to move towards early compliance.

Today, software piracy rate in India is higher as compared to several countries including Japan, Indian local businesses have faced the impact of adopting illegal practices. Therefore, there is an increasing concern for Indian auto industry to be ready for potential risks of loss of market share when supplying to manufacturers, it says.